• California sent fire danger text alert to 12 million people

    9 days ago - By Chron

    LOS ANGELES - Millions of Southern Californians already dealing with a siege of destructive wildfires received an unprecedented text alert warning them to be ready for extreme fire potential early Thursday, but conditions turned out to be less dire than predicted even though strong Santa Ana winds were blowing.
    Kelly Huston, deputy director of the state Office of Emergency Services, said it was the broadest alert the office has ever sent and reached an estimated 12 million people in seven counties.
    "I would rather be criticized for potentially annoying someone, than for not delivering a...
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  • Here's every fire raging in Southern California right now, and how much damage they've done

    9 days ago - By Chron

    AP Photo/Jae C. Hong
    Firefighters are battling a series of out-of-control wildfires in Los Angeles and Ventura County, and the blazes are showing no signs of slowing down.
    According to state officials, there are 115, 605 acres burning throughout the region from four major blazes. Over 1,000 firefighters have been deployed to combat the fires, and authorities have closed major highways, canceled school, and prompted the evacuations of close to 200,000 people.
    Officials said Thursday's forecast was a "recipe for explosive fire growth" and there is a fire danger of 296 on the brush burning...
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  • Mapping apps are reportedly directing people fleeing the Southern California wildfires to areas that are on fire

    Mapping apps are reportedly directing people fleeing the Southern California wildfires to areas that are on fire

    9 days ago - By Business Insider

    Out-of-control wildfires are raging in and near Los Angeles.
    Mapping apps, which are frequently designed to help users route around traffic, are in some cases reportedly directing drivers into fire-affected zones.
    The Los Angeles Police Department is warning those in the area to cease using such apps.
    Southern California residents and visitors fleeing the wildfires raging around Los Angeles are contending with a new problem - mapping apps that are reportedly directing them towards areas that are on fire.
    The Los Angeles Police Department is warning area residents and visitors that apps...
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  • Largest wildfire eyes communities northwest of Los Angeles

    Largest wildfire eyes communities northwest of Los Angeles

    9 days ago - By Stl Today

    VENTURA, Calif. - Flames from the largest and most destructive Southern California wildfire churned toward coastal and mountain communities northwest of Los Angeles on Thursday, disrupting travel on a major highway and triggering more evacuations.
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