Skirball Fire: Officials Determine Cause Of Bel-Air Blaze; Thomas Fire Still Unchecked; Apple Donates $1M – Update

3RD UPDATE, 12:39 PM: The Los Angeles Fire Department said this morning that the Skirball Fire that destroyed homes in Bel-Air last week was caused by an illegal cooking fire. “LAFD investigators have determined the fire was caused by an illegal cooking fire at an encampment in a brush area adjacent to where Sepulveda Boulevard crosses under the San Diego (405) Freeway,” officials said. “At the time of the LAFD’s arrival there were no individuals present at the area of origin and there have been no arrests made in connection to this fire.” The Skirball Fire burned more than 400 acres, destroyed six homes and damaged 12 others. Meanwhile, Apple has pledged $1M for Southern California wildfire relief as the Thomas Fire continues to burn in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and others scorch parts of Los Angeles and San Diego counties. The company also had pledged $1M in relief [...]

December 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Some Skirball Fire Evacuees To Be Allowed To Return To Homes Tonight

UPDATE, 4:45 PM with new details of repopulation: Some residents in the area of the Skirball Fire who were evacuated after it started yesterday morning will be allowed back in their homes tonight, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said during a press conference this afternoon. The good news comes more than 24 hours after the blaze started that shuttered the 405 Freeway on Wednesday morning. The City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department gave the following details for residents, who can begin returning in some areas by 8 PM: Roscomare will be open from Mulholland to Sunset for residents only.  You will not be able to drive west from Roscomare into neighborhoods from Mulholland to down to Bellagio. Linda Flora, Moraga and Lower Casiano will remain closed. Bellagio will be open to residents only, however you can only access roads to the South from Bellagio. Bell Terrace and [...]

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

California Fires Live Updates: Homes Burn in Los Angeles and Ventura County

LOS ANGELES — Ash rained down on one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles on Wednesday as flames engulfed homes nestled on the cliffs above it, while a much larger wildfire continued to rage out of control in the Ventura area. Los Angeles officials said Wednesday morning that at least four homes had been destroyed near the 405 Freeway and that more remained at risk. In the exclusive Bel-Air neighborhood, the fire clogged traffic for miles in every direction, including on the narrow residential streets in the hills where many residents were ordered to evacuate. In Ventura County, more than 1,700 firefighters were working to contain a fire that had burned 65,000 acres by Wednesday morning and was threatening 12,000 structures. “These are days that break your heart,” Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles said at a news conference. “These are also days that [...]

December 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Largest wildfire in Los Angeles history forces hundreds to evacuate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A wildfire on the northern edge of Los Angeles rapidly grew on Saturday into what the mayor called the largest blaze in the city’s history, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of people and the closure of a major highway. The 5,000-acre (2,023-hectare) La Tuna Fire, named after the canyon area where it erupted on Friday, has led authorities to evacuate more than 700 homes in a north Los Angeles neighborhood and in nearby Burbank and Glendale, officials said. Authorities warned of erratic winds that could force them to widen the evacuation zone, after the fire destroyed one house in Los Angeles on Saturday. “Other than that, no loss of any property,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a news conference. “That is a pretty amazing thing.” The fire was only 10 percent contained with more than 500 firefighters battling it. [...]

September 2nd, 2017|0 Comments