Inmates arrive at the Stanislaus County courthouse in Modesto on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Suspected murderer Martin Martinez was in court for an appearance Wednesday morning. (Joan Barnett Leeemail@example.com)
Spectators walk down the hallway into the courtroom as Nob Hill Court homicide suspect awaits arraignment at Stanislaus County Court in Modesto on Thursday, July 203, 2015. (Jim Silvafirstname.lastname@example.org)
At about 3:30 pm Modesto Police responded to a security check on the 2600 block of Nob Hill Court. Five bodies were found inside. Police are investigating as a homicide. (Marijke Rowlandemail@example.com)
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.