Southern California News

Wildfire Burning in California Mountains Grows

GOLETA, Calif. — A wildfire burning Tuesday on Southern California mountains north of Santa Barbara forced as many as 6,300 people from their homes, but an approaching storm offered hope that the flames would be doused, authorities said. The fire …

Flood Risk Heightened for California’s Mojave River Dam

LOS ANGELES — A California dam could fail during an extreme storm and send water flooding into Mojave Desert communities that are home to about 300,000 people, authorities said Friday. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it has …

Crews Make Progress on Large Southern California Wildfire

LOS ANGELES — Authorities lifted evacuation orders for a farm community Saturday as firefighters make progress on a large wildfire in Southern California that continues to threaten about 2,500 homes and buildings. Ventura County officials allowed an unknown number of …

Fire Has Industry Rethinking Guidance to Dump Burning Trash

It was a hot, windy day in Southern California when a trash truck caught fire and the driver dumped the burning garbage on the side of the road. Minutes later, powerful winds blew the flames across a hillside and into …

Thousands Could Be Affected by PG&E’s Latest Planned Power Cutoffs

People in more than 180,000 homes and businesses in California could find themselves in the dark as Pacific Gas & Electric again plans to shut off power in parts of 17 counties for up to two days, as a preventive …

4 Hurt in Southern California Hot Air Balloon Explosion

Officials say the explosion and crash-landing of a hot air balloon over Southern California wine country left four people hospitalized, one with severe burns. The Riverside County Fire Department says the balloon was carrying five people when it went down …

Jewel Thief Arrested Again in Southern California

An 83-year-old jewel thief is back behind bars in Southern California. The Desert Sun of Palm Springs says Doris Payne was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of lifting a $22,000 ring from a Palm Desert store on Oct. 21. She remains …

Bus Company Settles Amputee Lawsuit for $15M

An 85-year-old man who lost part of his leg after a public bus hit him in a Southern California crosswalk settled a lawsuit Monday for $15 million – just before a jury reached a verdict that would have given him …

Massive Log Piles Removed From Southern California Forest

Southern California fire officials say a decade’s worth of dead trees stacked along a mountain highway are being removed. The San Bernardino County Fire Department announced Wednesday that property owners removed tons of logs in the past year and the …

ICW Group Launches SIMNSA for Workers’ Comp Treatment

ICW Group Insurance Companies has entered into an exclusive partnership with Sistemas Medicos Nacionales, S.A. de C.V. (SIMNSA), to offer workers’ comp medical treatment to Southern California employees. SIMNSA enjoys an excellent reputation among the Hispanic community, appealing to those …