Thomas Fire, once largest in California history, is now 100% contained

CALIFORNIA – After more than a month of destruction, the largest fire in California’s modern history is now 100% contained, according to the US Forest Service. The Thomas Fire ignited on December 4 and has burned about 281,900 acres since then, sending wide swaths of Southern California up in flames. That size is the equivalent […]

California mudslides: 1,250 rescuers searching ‘for a miracle’

CALIFORNIA – The grueling search efforts following mudslides in Southern California will enter a fourth day Friday, with authorities scouring piles of debris again as the window to find survivors narrows. Rescuers plan to search several areas for a second time, hoping to find victims in structures previously examined in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday’s […]

California mudslides: Death toll rises after searchers find body

CALIFORNIA – On the fourth day of the treacherous search for victims of mudslides in Southern California, emergency workers found the body of an 87-year-old man in his house, authorities said. The grim discovery came around noon on a day in which searchers were going through damaged and destroyed homes, sometimes for a second time. […]

California mudslides: Death toll rises to 20, 4 still missing

At least 20 people have died as a result of the mudslides that devastated Montecito, California, according to the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday that 30-year-old Pinit Sutthithepa had been found dead on Saturday. Four people, ranging in age from 2 to 53, remain missing. […]

Rob Lowe hosts dinner for firefighters who helped save his home

MONTECITO, Calif. – Actor Rob Lowe posted a photo of several “new friends” eating dinner at his California home Sunday. The “Code Black” actor invited firefighters to his house and fed them a meal after they worked to save his property in Montecito and others’ in the path of the Thomas Fire. “Dinner for new […]

Little girl gives savings to fund for fallen firefighters

As her father, Johnny Segraves, battled the monstrous Thomas Fire with his US Forest Service strike team, 5-year-old Faye Segraves became sad. “It was a big fire. I saw video of it,” she said on the phone from her home in Nipomo, California. “A daddy on the fire died.” Faye had heard the news about […]

Fire engineer dies fighting California’s growing Thomas Fire

A firefighter was killed on Thursday in southern California’s massive Thomas Fire. The blaze has grown rapidly, fueled by gusty Santa Ana winds, dry conditions and single-digit humidity. The man, who hasn’t been identified, was from a firefighting unit in San Diego. He drove a fire engine and was killed on the east flank of the […]

California fire: Resident says neighborhood looks like ‘war zone’

Jeannette Frescas was not concerned about the Thomas Fire until the massive blaze reached her neighborhood in Ventura, California. “At midnight, I woke up with a flashlight in my face,” Frescas told KEYT. “I looked out my window, and there were flames that were like a hundred feet all around us.” Like many residents, Frescas was caught […]

California wildfires have destroyed 1,000 structures and counting

One week after the Thomas Fire exploded from a brush fire to a raging inferno, thousands of firefighters made some headway Monday in their struggle to contain it. The blaze is larger than all of New York City and about 20% contained as of Monday evening, according to the fire protection agency CAL FIRE. But it’s […]

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