Clockwise from top left: Palm trees are consumed in the Thomas fire. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times). A family prepares to evacuate from their home in Ventura as the Thomas fire burns nearby. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times). John Bain and Brandon Baker take cover as they try to fight flames at a stranger's home in Ventura. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times) A firefighter battles the Thomas Fire in the town of La Conchita. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A massive and ominous cloud of smoke from the Thomas fire rises to the north of downtown Ventura on Dec. 10, as seen from the Ventura Pier.
Santa Ana winds kick up dust to create a scenic sunrise as a surfer heads out into the surf at the Huntington Beach Pier.
Ventura County firefighter Aaron Cohen catches his breath after battling overnight on Dec. 5 to save multimillion-dollar homes in Ventura.
A firefighter turns away from the heat as flames explode through the front windows of a home burning in the Lilac fire at Rancho Monserate Country Club.
Chloe Hoskins, 7, tags along with her father, who was checking on a neighbor's burned property in the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa.
Casey Rodriguez helps a friend move belongings from a Ventura apartment building on North Kalorama Street that was ravaged by the Thomas fire on Dec. 8.
An aerial view of the damage caused by a wildfire that destroyed the Coffey Park neighborhood in Santa Rosa.
Left: People move quickly to avoid danger along the destroyed streets after a coalition air strike in the al-Jadida neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq. Right: A man grieves over the body of a loved one found in the rubble of a destroyed home in the west Mosul neighborhood of Jadidah in northern Iraq. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Search and rescue teams continue to look for people in a collapsed six-story residential building in Colonia Condesa, in Mexico City. See the full photo gallery >>
In the darkest corners Los Angeles, Housing Works case manager Anthony Ruffin seeks out the physically and severely mentally ill homeless. His regulars include amputees, diabetics and drug addicts who can never get enough to kill the pain. Read Steve Lopez's column with more photos >>
Adela Blanco uses a broom to retrieve a basketball from a open pit of raw sewage near her home in Colinas de Santa Fe in Veracruz. A Mexican government plan to create affordable housing fell apart as poor oversight and developers' rapid growth rates produced homes that, in the end, millions of people abandoned in Various Cities, Mexico, on Aug. 1, 2016. Read the full story >>
Left: The concrete segments that line the tunnel fit together with a tolerance of less than 3/8 of an inch. Frank Reddy, an engineer on the Regional Connector Transit Project, monitors the placement of another segment. Right: The muck, a combination of earth and chemicals and water, is whisked along the conveyor belt. If it falls of the conveyor, miners must shovel it back at the tail end of the tunnel boring machine located deep underneath the streets of downtown Los Angeles. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Pat Manuel has become the first boxer in U.S. history to fight as a man after having fought as a woman. Read the full story >>
Alex Jiggs stand at the edge of a cliff overlooking the valley in the smoke-shrouded Yosemite National Park. The smoke from the Detwiler fire burning near Mariposa obscured tourists' views of some of Yosemite Valley's vistas.
A car sits in a sinkhole on Woodbridge Street near Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Studio City following heavy rains in February.
Felipe Cardona, 6, plays on the swing set on the Rancho San Isidro in Moctezuma, Mexico.
The UCLA gymnastics team puts their hands together before practice at the Wooden Center.
A view of the Milky Way arching over Joshua trees and rocks at a park campground popular among stargazers in Joshua Tree National Park, which was certified as the 10th International Dark Sky Park in the U.S. National Park system. Read the full story here >>
A blue tang dory hovers about the coral in Cozumel.
A base jumper leaps from the Perrine Bridge above the Snake River.