Three hurt when plane crashes near El Cajon airport

A pilot and two passengers were injured Sunday when a single-engine plane crashed into a parking lot near Gillespie Field in El Cajon shortly after taking off, officials said.

The plane, a 1947 North American Navion, had just departed the airport shortly before 10 a.m. when the pilot radioed that…

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Multimillion-dollar homes in the Montecito area are reduced to ashes by the Thomas fire

By Sunday morning, a multimillion-dollar house on the top of Park Hill Lane in Montecito was still smoldering and on fire.

All that stood were cement blocks that outlined the frame of the house — once yellow, it had been turned black by the fire.

Chunks of glass and brick from the house came tumbling…

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Santa Ana winds help clear the smoke from the Thomas fire, but health risks remain

Raging Santa Ana winds helped clear smoke from the massive Thomas fire out of Ventura County on Sunday, but health officials cautioned residents that “non-smoky” conditions don’t mean the air is safe to breath.

The winds “will cause dust particulate to stir up, resulting in air quality that is…

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With high winds threatening to spark more wildfires, Edison considers turning off power to Malibu

With strong winds threatening to spark more wildfires across the region, Southern California Edison is considering turning off power to some parts of Malibu, an official said Sunday.

The coastal city was identified as one that was particularly vulnerable if strong Santa Ana winds continue to batter…

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Funeral procession for firefighter killed in Thomas blaze passing through fire-affected counties

A funeral procession is underway Sunday for Cal Fire engineer Cory Iverson, who was killed in the Thomas fire.

The procession, which began at 10 a.m., will travel south on the 101 Freeway through Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties. It will continue on Interstate 15 in San Diego County and…

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Wrong-way driver on 210 Freeway leads to death of 4 in head-on crash

Four people were killed early Sunday in a head-on collision on the 210 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley.

The crash occurred about 1:45 a.m. shortly after California Highway Patrol officials received calls of a wrong-way driver in the eastbound lanes of the freeway.

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The fury of monster fire leaves residents no choice but to flee

Resident Darren Caesar stood off the shoulder of Highway 192 next to the Montecito Fire Station early Saturday and pointed to a long row of firetrucks and tankers parked nearby.

“Look at how many firefighting assets they have. I trust that they can do everything they can to protect structures,”…

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Thomas Fire continues to grow as strong, shifting winds bring new dangers

The massive Thomas Fire continued to grow Sunday morning even after an epic battle to protect homes along the Santa Barbara County coast Saturday proved successful despite intense winds.

The third-largest fire in California history was burning a massive swath from Ventura to Santa Barbara, was…

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California adopts stronger fire safety rules for utilities

In the wake of a series of deadly blazes that have scorched the state, the California Public Utilities Commission has passed more stringent regulations for utilities to help reduce the risk of wildfires.

In a unanimous 5-0 vote Thursday, commissioners passed new rules that include:

• keeping trees…

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Montecito besieged by monster fire: ‘Nobody can fight the wind’

As the Thomas fire began to bear down on Montecito on Saturday morning, Darren Ceasar was packing up and getting ready to flee for a beachside hotel.

After burning for almost two weeks, the flames had finally arrived in his community, just a few miles north on Cold Springs Road.

The last time he…

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