This Week In The News (10/28-11/01)
Here’s a List and Map of Wildfires Burning Around Southern California
Thursday, October 31 (KTLA) – Wildfires are burning across Southern California, being fueled by the strongest Santa Ana winds so far this season. Firefighters are currently battling the following fires:
- Maria Fire: At 8,300 acres atop South Mountain near Santa Paula, where the flames prompted evacuations near the 118 Freeway and Balcom Canyon Road.
- Hillside Fire: A 200-acre blaze along Highway 18 in northern San Bernardino. It had destroyed six homes and damaged 18.
- 46 Fire: A 300-acre flame ignited by a car fire that spread to Riverside.
- Easy Fire: This Simi Valley fire grew to over 1,800 acres; it was 60% contained as of the latest update.
- Getty Fire: A 745-acre blaze near Brentwood that destroyed 10 homes; the likely cause was a tree branch blown onto power lines.
- Hill Fire: Covering 628 acres in Jurupa Valley, the flames were 90% contained and one home was destroyed.
- Fire in Fullerton: A small 11-acre blaze in Orange County now 100% contained and possibly ignited by a flare gun.
- Tick Fire: A 4,615-acre fire that spread to Santa Clarita; 45 structures were destroyed; it is 100% contained and evacuations have been lifted.
- Dexter Fire: a 30-acre fire that threatened homes in downtown Riverside.
High Winds Overturn Multiple Big Rigs on 15 Freeway in Fontana
Wednesday, October 30 (CBS Los Angeles) – Strong winds, with forecast gusts up to 80 miles per hour, overturned at least three big rigs on the 15 Freeway in Southern California. The incident occurred near Fontana. One minor injury was reported. Both northbound and southbound traffic was back up while San Bernardino County Fire warned of significant delays; in addition, Caltrans warned drivers of high-profile vehicles about the wind risk.
List and Map: Where Southern California Wildfires Are Burning
Thursday, October 31 (NBC Los Angeles) – NBC 4 launched an interactive map of fires burning across California, which is powered by the ESRI Disaster Response Program. The release comes as new fires broke out in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties on Thursday morning. Extreme red flag warnings were in effect. Some of the largest fires burning were the 8,799-acre Saddleridge Fire in Northern San Fernando Valley, the 1,011-acre Sandalwood Fire in Calimesa, the 4,615-acre Tick Fire in Santa Clarita, the Easy Fire in Simi Valley, the Maria Fire near Somis, and the Hillside Fire in San Bernardino.
Manhunt Underway After Shooter Kills 3, Injures 9 at Long Beach Party
Wednesday, October 30 (NBC Los Angeles) – Police were searching for a shooter on Wednesday after he opened fire at a house party in Long Beach. The shooting killed three people, while nine others were injured and hospitalized. At about 10:45 Tuesday, officers responded to a shooting call in Rose Park, at the 2700 block of Seventh Street. There was one male shooter, according to homicide investigators, who was wearing dark-colored clothing and concealed his face, and who escaped in a dark-colored vehicle.
Car in Fiery Pursuit Crash Started 46 Fire in Jurupa Valley, Police Say
Thursday, October 31 (NBC Los Angeles) – Following a Thursday morning police pursuit, a stolen car crashed and caught fire, starting the 300-acre 46 Fire in Jurupa Valley. The brush fire destroyed three homes and two outbuildings, according to police. A pursuit began on Van Buren Boulevard and ended when the vehicle jumped a curb and ended up in a field near the Rancho Jurupa Sports park. Two men were arrested after trying to flee the scene.
One Person Killed in Multiple-Vehicle Collision in Del Mar
Monday, October 28 (KUSI) – A multiple-vehicle collision occurred in Del Mar on Monday afternoon, killing one person. According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the crash occured just after 4:00 p.m. at the 200 block of Camino Del Mar. The sheriff’s department reported Camino Del Mar was closed following the crash.
LeBron James Sends Taco Truck to Thank First Responders for Getty Fire Battle
Tuesday, October 29 (ABC 7) – LaBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, who evacuated his home in the Getty Fire, sent a taco truck to first responders on Tuesday. A fan of Taco Tuesday, he sent the trucks as an appreciation for firefighters and other first responders. James and his family have been staying at a hotel since evacuating.
LAX Apologizes After Livid Travelers Get Stuck For Nearly an Hour in Shuttle on Day 1 of Ride-Share Ban
Wednesday, October 30 (ABC 7) – On the first day of a ride-share ban at LAX, travelers were livid after being stuck in a shuttle for about 40 minutes. New procedures have designated an empty lot east of terminal 1 for those who want to use a taxi, Uber, or Lyft. A fleet of shuttles is used to carry passengers from terminals to the designated lot. Passengers reported people were screaming on the bus and there was a line to get an Uber.