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Freeway reopens just as thousands of residents are told to return home

FREE Locals begin to survey the damage from devastating fire

Thousands of Conejo Valley families were told they could return to their homes this evening, and the 101 Freeway reopened in both directions between Calabasas and Agoura Hills, two signs that the worst of the devastating Woolsey fire could be over. Still, the fire threat remains, evidenced by the areas that remain under mandatory evacuation, including all of Calabasas, Lake […]

Fire burns into Veterans Day

FREE Woolsey reaches 10 percent containment, has torched over 83,000 acres

Firefighters and law enforcement personnel often have a history of military service. Veterans Day didn’t bring them any time for reflection—many of those fighting the Woolsey and Hill fires have been up for days, running on coffee and not much else, demonstrating the same selflessness that led them to don a uniform in the first place. The fire expanded to […]

Several neighborhoods allowed to return as firefighters begin to get upper hand

FREE But with high winds predicted Sunday-Tuesday, threat remains

Almost 48 hours after it started, the Woolsey fire has left the greater Conejo Valley area in its wake, but the fight is far from over. Tonight, law enforcement lifted evacuation orders for several areas that were threatened by the now 70,000-acre blaze, including all of Simi Valley. Residents are also allowed to return to their homes if they live […]

Oak Park resident among two who perished in fire


With a hazy sun rising on the third day of the Woolsey fire, authorities confirm that two lives were lost to the blaze Friday. As of Saturday morning, the wind-whipped fire had scorched more than 70,000 acres and destroyed up to 150 homes in L.A. and Ventura counties, though the exact number is unknown and expected to grow. A source […]

Homes destroyed as powerful winds propel Woolsey and Hill fires

FREE Evacuation orders remain in place

            Two-thousand firefighters continue to battle a pair major fires that broke out within an hour of each other Thursday afternoon, burning dozens of structures and sending wind-driven flames that found life along the Conejo Grade and in Simi Valley and spread rapidly to the Conejo Valley and onward to Malibu. Historic Western Town at […]

Motorcade bids farewell to Sgt. Helus


They came to pay their last respects. Law enforcement officers and first responders from across the Southland gathered in mourning along with hundreds of others on the streets near Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks on Thursday. In stunned disbelief, they watched as a procession transported Sgt. Ron Helus—who died trying to stop the Nov. 7 mass shooting […]

Wind driving 10,000-acre brush fire toward ocean

FREE Mobile home park threatened; evacuations ordered

An approximately 10,000-acre brush fire is threatening parts of Newbury Park after the blaze broke out in east Ventura County on Thursday afternoon. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for Dos Vientos and other Newbury Park neighborhoods. The fire started near Hill Canyon in the Santa Rosa Valley sometime around 2 p.m. and crossed over the ridgeline into Newbury Park, the […]

First responder in T.O. mass shooting ‘died a hero’


  Trained, poised and ready, Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus responded to the mass shooting Wednesday night at Borderline Bar—and made the ultimate sacrifice. Helus, a 29-year veteran of the department, is being hailed a hero today for charging into the restaurant first in an attempt by law enforcement to stop the shooter and save lives. He paid for […]

Details emerge in Borderline mass shooting

FREE Officer killed trying to stop shooter

      Thousand Oaks, long ranked among the safest cities in the U.S., has suffered America’s latest mass shooting. Police say Ian David Long, a 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran from Newbury Park, opened fire with a .45-caliber handgun around 11:20 p.m. Nov. 7 at Borderline Bar & Grill on Moorpark Road, which was hosting its weekly College Country Night. […]

Klein Lopez wins seat on Agoura City Council

Anstead surprises

Voters asked for change and they got it on Tuesday night. Two outsiders won seats on the Agoura Hills City Council in the Nov. 6 election and left one incumbent out of a job that he had hoped to continue for another four years. Newcomer Deborah Klein Lopez was the top vote- getter from start to finish. She received 4,214 […]

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