A timelapse video provided by the Ventura County Fire Department shows the plume collapsing at the Thomas Fire, creating dangerous conditions. When a column collapses, it creates a "downward rush of air in every direction ... spreading fire rapidly outward," according to the National Park Service.
The driver of an SUV struck two parked cars and a tree, then took down a streetlight before plowing into a West Granger Avenue house early Tuesday, Modesto police say. He was injured but the residents were not.
Ventura County Fire Department shot this time-lapse video of a plume of smoke collapsing and creating dangerous conditions on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, during the Thomas Fire. As the massive smoke plume generated by the fire continues to rise, it gathers heat energy from the flames below, Fire Capt. Brendan Ripley told residents in a meeting as reported by the Los Angeles Daily News. The unstable column of air can collapse at any time, resulting in dramatic 180-degree wind shifts that pose a major danger to firefighters, he said.
Europe's migration crisis is nothing compared to what it will be if world leaders don't do more to tackle global warming, California Governor Jerry Brown said Tuesday. He was addressing delegates at a climate change summit in Paris. Brown is a vocal critic of President Donald Trump's stance on the environment.
Heavy smoke has residents gasping for air as a huge Southern California wildfire explodes in size again, becoming the fifth largest in state history. Tens of thousands have fled their homes as wind-fanned wildfires throughout the region. December 12, 2017.
Parker Rogers, 14, submitted a story to Petco about how his rescue dog, Toby, instinctively learned to detect his seizures. The story won a $5,000 grant for Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno from the Petco Foundation. Rogers' family adopted the Toby from Labrador Retriever Rescue.
A U.S. Forest Service firefighter shoots a flare during an operation to removed unburned vegetation in Santa Monica Canyon in Carpinteria during the Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara County on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. In the background, a BA-e146 makes a retardant drop on a nearby hillside.
Cellphone and body cam video shows a Lauderdale Lakes man fighting with a Broward Sheriff’s deputy before a second deputy fatally shoots him. The suspect, Jean Pedro Pierre, died at Broward Health Medical Center on Wednesday night.
Firefighters in Oregon rescue a deer stuck on ice near the Woodlands Golf Course in Sunriver, Oregon, which is east of Eugene. A rescue sled purchased on a grant from Firehouse Subs came in handy on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. when L4262 Sunriver Professional Firefighters got the call. That's firefighter JJ Johnston conducting the rescue with help from shore personnel.
A car accident Sunday evening south of the intersection of Las Palmas and Highway 33 ended fatally after a northbound vehicle struck a pedestrian crossing the street. Stanislaus County Sheriff deputy’s were investigating the accident.