| Nov 18, 2008
Lisa Bialac-Jehle was just a few minutes from sleep Friday night when her phone rang.
It was the American Red Cross, and they were calling about a fire.
The caller told Bialac-Jehle, 52, a member of the organization's disaster action team, that she...
| Oct 24, 2007
Long Beach is more than 40 miles from the nearest wildfire raging in Southern California. But its air pollution levels surged in recent days beyond the "unhealthy" level set by air-quality regulators.
Because of Southern California's quirky topography...
| Jun 26, 2008
The first in a yearlong series profiling California's living legends of midcentury design.
AT 94, Otto Heino has no time for false modesty.
"I am," he says, "the oldest, richest potter in the world."
With an output of 10,000 pieces a year, Heino...
| Nov 15, 2008
| 8:46 PM
Wind-fueled fires continued to rage out of control tonight in Orange County as emergency personnel struggled to get ahead of erratic leap-frogging flare-ups that were consuming houses and apartments and prompting evacuation orders for more than 20,000...
| Feb 19, 2008
The Sunstar's ancient twin diesels fire up like an old man clearing his throat. Terry Herzik cocks his good ear to listen. They are losing compression, but sound as if they should make the three-day trip.
Dawn glows faintly behind the gantry cranes and...
| Oct 28, 2007
When the hills of Los Angeles are burning
Palm trees are candles in the murder wind
So many lives are on the breeze
Even the stars are ill at ease
And Los Angeles is burning.
-- Bad Religion
"Los Angeles Is Burning" (2004)
Fire in Malibu has a...
| Nov 16, 2008
In a swiftly moving catastrophe that seemed as familiar as it was shocking, Southern California once again was besieged by flame Saturday, from Orange County to Santa Barbara, with hundreds of homes consumed by three major wind-driven fires, including one...
| Nov 17, 2008
A lull in the fierce, desert-born Santa Ana winds that pushed three devastating wildfires through Southern California delivered the first major break in days to fire crews from Anaheim Hills to Santa Barbara on Sunday, although authorities warned that...
| Nov 15, 2008
As a wildfire that devastated the wealthy enclave of Montecito settled down late Friday, a second blaze erupted in Sylmar amid heavy winds and destroyed at least three structures and scorched 100 acres, authorities said.
The Montecito blaze destroyed 111...
| Jul 27, 2008
It was Day 42 of the Zaca Fire. A tower of white smoke reached miles into the blue sky above the undulating ridges of Santa Barbara's backcountry.
Helicopters ferried firefighters across the saw-toothed terrain and bombed fiery ridges with water. Long...
| May 14, 2007
Several scientists are cautioning Los Angeles officials to think hard before reseeding and replanting large areas of Griffith Park that burned in last week's 820-acre brush fire.
Reseeding can be expensive and potentially useless, said the scientists,...
| Jul 29, 2007
For a tense couple of weeks, the 31,000-acre Zaca fire threatened to scorch more than 1,000 square miles of wilderness and reach the outskirts of communities as far-flung as Santa Barbara and Ojai.
Now, the smoke is clearing but the long, dark shadow...