HORTONVILLE, Wis. (CBSLocal) — A Wisconsin company that produces novelty glassware is giving each of its employees a handgun of their choice as a Christmas bonus this holiday season. BenShot makes bulletproof drinking glass products, including whiskey glasses, beer mugs and decanters, with bullets embedded into the glass. The father-son company, based in Hortonville, Wisconsin, has 16 full-time employees. This is the first time BenShot has done anything like this, according to co-owner Ben Wolfgram. He says giving employees their choice of revolver as a gift is part of an effort to promote personal safety and team building. A handgun for Christmas: Wisconsin company decides to buy firearms for every employee this holiday season https://t.co/WcWiuVxJ2V pic.twitter.com/SjarR1CXCj — WUSA9 (@wusa9) November 14, 2018 “We are a small, close-knit team at BenShot. I want to make sure all of employees are safe and happy – a handgun was the perfect gift,” Wolfgram told WISN . To comply with state law, each employee was given a gift card to purchase the weapon with a background check conducted by the seller. The gift cards cost about $8,000. Wolfgram says he isn’t worried about workplace violence because he has a small staff and all of the employees know each other well. “For us, now, we have an entire armed staff,” he told the Appleton Post-Crescent . “I think that’s pretty good.”
MENIFEE (CBSLA) — Giving birth to a healthy baby girl has been bittersweet for one Menifee mom, whose husband was killed in a hit-and-run crash as they hurried to the hospital when she began having contractions. “She looks just like him and I hate that he can’t see it,” Alyssa Sandoval said, holding 2-day-old Daisy Ricky Sandoval. Ricky Sandoval, 22, was driving the mom-to-be to the hospital along Highway 74 early Monday morning after she started having contractions. When they got to Menifee Road, a Toyota truck slammed into them, flipping them into a ditch. Alyssa Sandoval says she dangled in the car, with the seatbelt locked across her stomach, for what felt like 30 minutes. By the time first responders arrived, badly injured Ricky had died, holding hands with his pregnant wife as he took his final breaths. The truck driver and a male passenger ran from the crash, leaving two injured teenage girls inside the truck, according to police. Detectives are still searching for those suspects. “It’s crazy to think that someone could just not care,” Alyssa Sandoval said. Little Daisy Ricky was delivered by emergency C-section that night. Baby and mother, who still has stitches across her forehead, are recovering in the hospital before they go home, where Daisy Ricky’s twin sisters are waiting. Even as she holds her beautiful little girl, Alyssa Sandoval finds it hard to muster a smile after having lost her husband just as they were getting ready to welcome a new baby into the world. “I’m just so glad I got the chance to be with someone as amazing as him, and have a little family,” she said. Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe page in honor of Ricky Sandoval .
Steve Silverman While it has been an up-and-down year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the field, their pass-catching threats have consistently been, well, threats in the fantasy football world. Wide receivers Desean Jackson and Mike Evans rank in the top 20 among wide receivers in fantasy points per game with Evans averaging 11.7 and Jackson averaging 11.2. Second year tight end O.J. Howard has also emerged, currently ranking fifth among tight ends this season. With the Bucs set to take on the lowly Giants this week, Howard looks like a nice option at the tight end spot for your daily fantasy lineups. Quarterbacks 1. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams, FD Proj. – 29.3 points This is a huge game between two of the best teams in the league, and the backstory changed dramatically Tuesday when the game was moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles because of problems with the field. Mahomes has been a machine this season, showing off his big arm and his propensity to make game-changing plays. He has a 31-7 TD-interception ratio, and he gets a chance to show the Rams exactly what he can do. 2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. Philadelphia Eagles – 28.3 points The Saints continue to roll, and it looks like Brees as has a great chance to win the MVP award this season because of his remarkable numbers. Brees is completing 77.3 percent of his passes with a 21-1 TD-interception ratio. In addition to those totals, Brees is playing with remarkable skill and he appears to be in peak form. 3. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs – 27.2 points. The Rams are probably thrilled about getting this home game after preparing for a trip south of the border. Goff should be able to have a strong performance against a Kansas City defense that has been generous throughout the season. 4. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints – 26.5 points The Eagles have not played like a Super Bowl team to this point in the season, but they are still in a position where they can turn things around. That needs to start this weekend and they need to play their best game against the hottest team in the league. This would be an ideal spot for Wentz to show off all his skills and light a fire under his own team. 5. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos – 25.4 points The Chargers continue to stay on track for a playoff spot and they have been consistent as they chase the first-place Chiefs. While Los Angeles struggled in Week 10 against the Raiders, they won the game by two touchdowns. Rivers is a relentless leader and we see him throwing three TD passes against the overmatched Broncos. Running backs 1. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs – 23.8 points If anyone is going to take the MVP award from Brees or Mahomes, it’s likely to be Gurley. He already has 988 rushing yards and he has pounded the ball into the end zone 13 times. He is also a stellar receiver with 402 receiving yards and four more TDs. He is licking his chops to get a chance to compete against the generous Kansas City defense. 2. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Bucs – 23.0 points The Giants won a Monday night game against San Francisco, and they gave the team a little hope that it could play respectably in the second half of the season. That may be too optimistic, but there’s no reason that Barkley and the Giants can’t take charge against a poor Tampa Bay team. Barkley’s combination of speed and power could allow him to dominate against the Bucs. 3. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams – 21.3 points The presence of Gurley should bring out the best in the competitive Hunt, who doesn’t want to be thought of as the second-best running back on the field. Hunt has game-breaking speed, and he can dominate as a runner or a receiver. He already has 13 touchdowns – seven as a runner and six more as a receiver. 4. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos – 20.3 points It’s hard to find a player more valuable to his team than Gordon is to the Chargers. He has explosive speed and he runs with power, and his dependability makes life much easier for Philip Rivers. The quarterback has often had to carry the Chargers throughout his tenure with the team, but that is not the case this year. 5. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions – 19.7 points What Gordon does for Rivers is what McCaffrey does for Cam Newton. He has improved dramatically this season, showing the ground game to match the big-play receiving ability he demonstrated a year ago. McCaffrey has 579 rushing yards and 439 receiving yards and he has a chance to get even more productive in the second half of the year. Wide receivers 1. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles – 16.8 points The Eagles need to be primed to play their best game if they are going to beat the Saints, but don’t think for a second that they can stop Thomas from making big plays. In addition to his athletic ability, Thomas is one of the game’s best pattern runners and he has excellent hands. Thomas has caught 78 passes for 950 yards and seven TDs. 2. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans at Washington Redskins – 15.9 points It’s one of the great thrills to watch Hopkins go after the football. He has wonderful leaping ability and long arms, and he also has the kind of hands that allow him to make the most difficult catches under the most challenging circumstances. 3. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay Bucs – 15.5 points From this corner, it seems like ODB is all about making highlight-film plays and not necessarily doing every little thing that helps the Giants win. If Beckham has been on your fantasy team the last couple of years, you probably agree. However, you are going to keep him on your team because he can be dominant when he is on his game, and there’s no reason that will not be the case against the Tampa Bay. 4. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams – 14.4 points The Rams have been quite vulnerable on defense the last two weeks, and that means an explosive receiver like Hill should be able to exploit this unit. Hill is one of the fastest players in the game and he should be able to find some open spaces in the Los Angeles secondary. 5. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams vs. Kansas City Chiefs – 13.6 points The Rams suffered a huge blow with the season-ending injury suffered by wideout Cooper Kupp, and it could keep them from meeting all their goals. Cooks and Robert Woods must step up their games, and look for Cooks to be the more productive of the two against the Chiefs. Tight ends 1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Rams – 11.3 points There has been an unofficial changing of the guard at the tight end position this season because Rob Gronkowski has been hurt recently and unable to play as consistently as Kelce. Look for Kelce to have a huge game against the Rams. 2. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. New Orleans Saints – 10.9 points The Saints have been rolling and their defense has been playing well, but that area is where they are most vulnerable. Ertz has more talent than the Saints defensive backfield, and he should have a huge game here. 3. Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks – 8.7 points This may have been the game that Graham has been waiting for since the start of the season. He should be getting ready for some peak appearances and he would love to do it against his former team. Graham has caught 33-439-2, and he will build on those figures against Seattle. 4. O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Bucs at N.Y. Giants – 7.9 points The Bucs are coming off a horrific game against the Redskins in which they were held to a field goal. They had more than 500 yards of offense the previous week, and look for Howard to put his imprint on this game with at least one TD catch. 5. Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins vs. Houston Texans– 7.8 points Reed should be able to get open in this game and while the Texans have the more athletic team, the Redskins have the size advantage. Reed is Washington’s leading receiver, and he should be able to get into the end zone against Houston.
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ENCINO (CBSLA) — A family that fled the deadly and destructive Woolsey Fire suffered another blow when a thief broke into their van and stole everything they took with them when they evacuated. The Warren family is just one among thousands of families that had to leave with only their most important and irreplaceable possessions as the Woolsey Fire indiscriminately destroyed hundreds of homes throughout Oak Park, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Malibu and Calabasas. Since the fire broke out last Thursday, the Warrens had been keeping everything they evacuated with – important documents, photos, valuables – in their SUV, which was broken into as they had lunch in Encino on Saturday. Security video on the Encino parking lot shows a white car parked in the lane behind the Warrens’ vehicle as the thief breaks their back window and takes everything. Some of the items turned up in Marina del Rey, where it had been found in a dumpster. “Someone just messaged her and said, hey, I think you might want this. It’s your high school diploma,” Alexa Warren said. The family went to Marina del Rey and found some of their items, like family photos and a stuffed animal Alexa Warren had had since she was a baby, next to a dumpster. Many of the stolen items were recovered, but other valuables – like a laptop and jewelry – are still missing.
RIALTO (CBSLA) — A fast-moving brush fire estimated at about 20 acres burned near homes in Rialto on Tuesday night as Santa Ana winds whipped up. The “Sierra Fire” broke out near the 15 Freeway and the Glen Helen Amphitheater around. Crews were using dozers to attack the fire, making progress some progress around 11 p.m. Santa Ana winds picked up embers and pushed smoke into the air. Plumes of thick smoke could be seen miles away. #SierraFire burning a backyard fence on Riverside Avenue in Rialto. Firefighters doing their best to put it out in these Santa Ana winds @CBSLA pic.twitter.com/OVgKIgyAeI — Nicole Comstock (@ComstockNEWS) November 14, 2018 CBS2’s Stu Mundel was over the scene as flames drew closer to homes. It is unclear if any structures caught fire. No official evacuation orders were immediately issued.
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THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA) – The Thousand Oaks community came together to heal Tuesday night after a difficult several days amid raging wildfires and in the wake of a mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill. “It’s been a tough tough week. I can’t remember a week like this and I grew up here in Thousand Oaks,” said Pastor Doug Posey of Living Oaks Church. As crowds gathered to pay their respects to the victims of last week’s mass shooting at the Borderline Bar, many were overcome with emotion. Some remembered how they jumped out of windows to get away from the gunman. Others remembering loved ones taken too soon. “We all come together and we all try and rally behind this effort to keep each other…strong no matter the circumstances,” Emma Marcil, the friend of a victim. Danielle Gould is the student body president at Oak Park High School. She came with flowers to comfort the victims and lend any support she could. She said she’s planning a fundraiser for victims of both the shooting and the fire. “We’re a strong community but it’s been really hard because so many people have lost homes and then we’re trying to have these memories of these people and then people lose their homes and these memories are lost and it’s been extremely hard on everyone.” Strangers hugged one another, pastors from local churches came to pray, family and friends wrote notes, and a community grieved an unimaginable loss in Thousand Oaks.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have one of the fastest teams in hockey. The Los Angeles Kings do not. And when the Leafs hit the Staples Center ice in full flight, the Kings were caught a bit flat-footed. Nazem Kadri scored two power-play goals and John Tavares had a goal and two assists in the Maple Leafs’ 5-1 victory Tuesday night. Morgan Rielly and Andreas Johnsson also scored in the Leafs’ fourth win in five games overall and their seventh win in eight road games this season. Frederik Andersen made 22 saves as Toronto’s burgeoning powerhouse swept its two-game season series with NHL-worst Los Angeles by a combined 9-2. “We were moving our feet from the start,” said Toronto’s Mitch Marner, who had two assists despite needing a few stitches after Alex Iafallo’s stick hit him in the mouth in the second period. “We drew penalties with our speed. That’s something we haven’t done (much) this year. Our whole team came out ready to play, and we made it hard on their (defense).” Toronto opened a three-game California road swing with another dominant performance, leading 2-0 just 6:12 in and getting 11 shots on net before Los Angeles got its first. The Maple Leafs scored three power-play goals and continued their impressive start to the season despite the continued absence of holdout William Nylander and star Auston Matthews, who missed his seventh straight game with a shoulder injury. Kadri said the Leafs dominated “by being fast. I think that’s the identity of our team, and we wanted to use it to our advantage.” Tavares scored a goal in his third consecutive game, connecting on the power play in the first period for his 11th goal of the season. The star forward already has 22 points in 18 games during his debut season with his hometown team. “(Tavares) has been great,” said Rielly, who leads all NHL defensemen with 23 points after getting a goal and an assist. “We’re 18 games in, and he’s been outstanding. He’s been a leader. He’s been a 200-foot player. He’s been putting the puck in the net.” Adrian Kempe scored for the Kings, who have lost three straight while scoring just two combined goals since winning their debut under interim coach Willie Desjardins last week. The NHL’s lowest-scoring team went 3-4-0 on a seven-game homestand. “We’ve got to pull our stuff together here quickly and win some games,” Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar said. “We’ve been talking for a while now. If we don’t get our minds to it and actually get it done on the ice, it doesn’t mean anything.” Johnsson’s goal early in the second period put Toronto up 4-1 and chased Peter Budaj, who stopped 15 shots. He was replaced by Cal Petersen, who stopped 15 shots in his NHL debut. The Kings are down to their top two AHL goalies after Jack Campbell joined Jonathan Quick on injured reserve this week with torn meniscuses in their knees. “I was a little surprised” to get put in the game, Petersen said. “I didn’t hear the coach right away. It was an exciting moment, and I got to face a shot right away, which helped. I was just trying not to make it bigger than it is.” But even LA’s normally sturdy penalty-killing units struggled against Toronto, giving up multiple power-play goals for only the second time this season. Kempe ended his 12-game goalless streak with a first-period deflection, but Rielly put Toronto up 3-1 early in the second after two Leafs converged on Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and forced a turnover. Johnsson then scored after four Kings stood and watched while Travis Dermott skated the puck from the point to the net for a pass. Kadri connected again late in the second period for his fourth goal in four games and his seventh in nine games. NOTES: Dermott scored his first point since Toronto’s season opener. … Kings D Dion Phaneuf took the shot that Kempe deflected for a goal, allowing the former Toronto defenseman to score his first point in 17 games this season. … Kempe scored just his second goal in his last 50 games. … The 24-year-old Petersen, who once started 90 consecutive games for Notre Dame, is the 71st goalie in Kings franchise history and the 13th to make his first appearance for the club in relief. UP NEXT Maple Leafs: At San Jose on Thursday. Kings: At Chicago on Friday. (© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — A young man is dead and another is in the hospital after a fight with teenagers turned into a stabbing in Santa Ana and now police are looking for clues and more witnesses. Just as Darren McDaniel was leaving his Santa Ana office Tuesday he says he saw a bizarre scene in the parking lot. “Five or six kids were beating up on one kid in the parking lot,” said McDaniel. “The owner came out yelled at them and told them to leave.” McDaniel says minutes later a few hundred feet away he saw an ambulance pull up. Police say the group of teenage boys stabbed two others they were fighting with. A teenage boy was transported to a local hospital with stab wounds. A young man died from his injuries. Tuesday night a police dog was searching the area for a murder weapon or anything that would lead to a scent to track the suspects. Witnesses say the headquarters for a local foster care organization and a rehab and recovery center are just feet from where the fight started at 5 p.m. “We had many problems. When the new owners came in three months ago there was nothing but kids walking back and forth, checking doors, having issues,” said McDaniel. “It was an issue so they immediately put the fence up.” Police are taking a good look at security tape and hoping for more clues. “We are collecting evidence,” said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, Santa Ana Police. “Talking to the witnesses who did stick around. We believe there are people who saw this that did not. We’d like them to come forward.”
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First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Tuesday in California’s farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California.
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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Call it a cruel twist of fate or a statistical anomaly, but one family who was brought together by marriage has now been connected by a tragedy caused by the Woolsey Fire. The family experienced the unthinkable Nov. 9, when Mark Bakalor’s parents and in-laws both lost their homes in the Woolsey Fire raging in two separate cities: Bell Canyon and Agoura Hills. “It was almost more surreal, more ‘How could this be happening?’ as opposed to ‘What is happening?’” Bakalor said. On Thursday, Bakalor, his wife and children evacuated their home in Oak Park. Less then 24 hours later, the winds shifted and Mark’s parents in Agoura Hills were in danger. He pleaded with them to leave their custom, 11,000-square foot home. Hours later, his mom called with the news. “She said, ‘It’s gone,’ and I knew what she was talking about, but I said, ‘What do you mean?’ She said, ‘The house is gone,’” Bakalor said. The Woolsey Fire turned their dream home into a pile of rubble. “It’s not just the home. It’s a lifetime of possessions and things that we had that are now gone.” Just a few hours after Bakalor’s parents lost their home, he was sitting with his father-in-law at his sister-in-law’s house while watching news coverage when he saw the fire turn toward Bell Canyon, where his in-laws lived. “We saw a swimming pool and shapes that looked familiar and flames, and not long after that, their house was also on fire and was burning,” Bakalor said. Mike Garson is a professional pianist, who played with legendary singer, songwriter and actor David Bowie for decades. He and his wife left their home Nov. 9, when it was only under voluntary evacuation and didn’t expect to be out long. “I lost all my pianos, my whole studio, and a lot of music that was on hard drives that I didn’t take that weren’t saved on the Cloud. That’s what’s killing me,” he said. If there was one silver lining to their loss, it’s that they are now all in this together. Two families now brought together by the catastrophic Woolsey Fire. Bakalor’s parents home was on the market for $5 million. One of the selling points was the beautiful canyon views. The family hasn’t decided yet if they will rebuild.
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If you’re like most Americans, you rely increasingly on your smartphone to check email, use social media, read news, arrange dates, play games and conduct a host of other mobile activities. A new survey by Deloitte finds that consumers check their phone an average of 52 times a day. More than a third of adults say they use their smartphones “very/fairly often” for business purposes outside normal working hours. And 59 percent use their personal smartphone during normal working hours “very/fairly often.” “This year’s survey confirms that while smartphones are becoming the nerve center of our homes, our businesses, our families and our lives — consumers are craving more speed and responsiveness as their usage patterns mature,” Mic Locker, managing director in Deloitte Consulting’s technology, media and telecommunications industry practice, said by email. Still, most people don’t feel they spend too much time on their phones — with one notable exception that might be surprising to some: millennials. Sixty percent of 18-to-34-year-olds surveyed by the consulting firm acknowledge overusing their phones. Smartphones remain the most favored mobile device among U.S. consumers, penetrating 85 percent of the market, up from 82 percent in 2017. The rate of growth is three times that of smartwatches, the only other mobile device that increased market penetration during the last year, Deloitte found. Tablets, the mobile device du jour when Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, are actually decreasing in popularity. Just one group — those 65 and older — listed the tablet as a favored device for a preferred activity. Along with our growing reliance on mobile devices comes something else — fear. A large majority of survey respondents expressed concern about their personal data remaining private, with 86 percent saying they were concerned about data being shared with third parties. Another 83 percent were concerned about how their data is stored. One thing consumers aren’t using their smartphones for is to pay for things in stores. Just under a third of respondents indicated they had used their mobile device to make an in-store payment, and only 14 percent did so weekly, Deloitte found. The biggest obstacle to transacting business over the phone — security. © 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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List of Closures and Evacuations | Real-Time Updates THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA) – Hundreds of residents who were recently allowed to return home were forced to turn around and flee again after a large flare-up of the Woolsey Fire sparked south of Thousand Oaks Tuesday morning. The approximately 50-acre blaze sparked in a state wilderness area before 9 a.m. in the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area off Potrero and Lynn roads, near Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley communities. “A large unburned couple of canyons of fuel there, the fire came into alignment at the bottom of the canyon, and along with our significant winds, it pushed it up to a prominent peak we call Boney Mountain,” Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen told reporters at a news briefing. Lorenzen said officials were confident in the firefight because the wind was “pushing the fire up and away from the populated areas.” Ventura County Fire Capt. Ron Oatman later told CBS2 that crews were getting a good handle on the fire. “When you’re looking at it from Newbury Park or from Lake Sherwood, it was definitely a scare, but it really wasn’t an imminent threat to them,” Oatman said. Oatman said the blaze got “hung up” in the rocks of Boney Mountain and in a “burn scar” from the 2013 Springs Fire. The concern is that the fire does not jump Las Virgenes and Malibu Canyon roads to the west, Oatman added. A mandatory evacuation was in effect for Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley areas south of Potrero Road, including Carlisle Road. The evacuation zone extended east to Las Posas Road and west past the Los Angeles-Ventura county line. Hidden Valley resident Alex Goodwin told CBS2 he and his neighbors had just received an alert Tuesday morning that they could return home. “We came back in, thought everything was done, went to work this morning,” Goodwin said. “Me and all my colleagues over at Thermomix were standing, looking out the window and saw the plume of smoke. And I came to get more masks for the office, and I saw this and pulled over to see if we should evacuate.” Goodwin said there are a couple pregnant women in his office who are worried for their health. “The last thing one of my colleagues said to me was, she’s got four sets of lungs she needs to protect, she’s very concerned.” Woolsey Fire Real-Time Evacuation Map “We were actually moving back in, and we came over and the police are like, ‘there’s been three flare ups,’ and we saw all the smoke come over the mountain,” another resident told CBS2. “We’re heading back out real quick.” A flare-up of the Woolsey Fire south of Thousand Oaks. Nov. 13, 2018. (CBS2) The fire was at least 50 acres in size and rapidly growing, L.A. County Fire Department spokesman David Dantic said. “We’re having challenges, as you have all seen these past couple days with these Santa Ana winds, these winds can be very erratic,” Dantic told CBS2. Several helicopters and fixed wing aircraft were actively dumping water and fire retardant on the blaze. “The fire is very well staffed, we have all the staff we need on this incident,” Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Rich Macklin added. Flames and smoke could be seen billowing hundreds of feet into the air. The flare-up comes after evacuation orders had just been lifted for residents in portions of several surrounding cities, including Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Calabasas and Hidden Hills. Retired Los Angeles firefighter and Hidden Valley resident Mike Dunn, who drove out to examine the fire-line, explained to CBS2 the danger of such a flare-up. “Well, what happens… is that your fire will get on the bottom, of these, what we call chutes, and then it preheats the brush,” Dunn said. “And technically what happens is the brush gets so hot it puts off a gas, and the gas lights, and that’s what you’re concerned about.” (CBS2) The Woolsey Fire has burned more than 97,000 acres – the largest in L.A. County history – and was 40 percent contained Tuesday night. It has destroyed at least 435 structures. This is the largest flare-up of the Woolsey Fire since it broke out Nov. 8. On Monday, crews quickly contained the 105-acre Peak Fire which broke out off the 118 Freeway in eastern Simi Valley. “What I’m hoping is that this wasn’t arson, I’m hoping that’s not the case. And I think we all have to be wary,” said Russell Galipeau, a Newbury Park resident. “We get very complacent about our surroundings and we have to be more aware. We can’t fire-proof everything.”
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Woolsey Fire Flares Up Near Thousand Oaks, New Evacuations Issued
Officials said Tuesday night the “Camp Fire” in Northern California has scorched some 130,000 acres and is 35 percent contained. In addition, six more human remains were found earlier in the day, bringing the “Camp Fire” death toll to 48. Statewide there are a total of 50 deaths. Some 9,000 firefighters have been battling the wildfires, which have become the deadliest and costliest in state history. Search teams have been using power saws and cadaver dogs to try to locate victims of the “ Camp Fire ” in Northern California. Those who survived were left scrambling to find a place to stay. In Southern California, evacuation orders were lifted for many of the areas affected by the “Woolsey Fire,” but some came home only to be told to leave again. “It’s terrible,” said Alex Goodwin of Hidden Valley. “We evacuated, thought the danger was done, and then of course came back thinking it was safe … and it’s terrifying.” Authorities give evening update on deadly “Camp Fire” 6:05 p.m.: Fire officials monitoring the deadly “Camp Fire” said the blaze has been 35 percent contained, as of Tuesday evening. A total of 130,000 acres have been burned so far. The “Camp Fire” has now been blamed for 48 deaths as of Tuesday night. Remains of six humans were found earlier in the day. Two other deaths in the state bring the total to 50 killed. There are some 5,615 personnel fighting the blaze. Some 52,000 people have been evacuated. A total of 8,817 structures have been destroyed. Of those, 7,600 are homes. There are a total of 1,385 shelters. A National Weather Service meteorologist warned about poor air quality. Weather conditions, however, will become more favorable. Officials have urged residents to use “extreme caution” when they return to property hit by the wildfire. They have warned about trees marked with P1 and P2 — meaning they are hazardous. The Butte County sheriff’s office said there have been 208 suspicious incidents reported. Of those reports, 18 of them were linked to looting. Deputies arrested Monday two men linked to looting a residence within an evacuated area and were in possession of a gun. They were booked into the Butte County jail. Earlier Tuesday, deputies arrested another two men who were found looting and booked into Butte County jail. Also, deputies found a motor home that was previously reported stolen and arrested a 22-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman linked to that crime. An additional 100 National Guard troops have been requested to aid in the wildfire. California wildfires fast facts Firefighters are battling three major wildfires in California. Here’s a breakdown by the numbers as of Tuesday evening, according to Cal Fire and local officials. Camp Fire Location: Butte County 130,000 acres burned 35 percent contained 42 fatalities confirmed, 3 firefighters injured 228 people unaccounted for 8,817 structures destroyed, 7,600 of them homes Woolsey Fire Location: Los Angeles County, Ventura County 96,314 acres burned (roughly the size of Denver) 35 percent contained 2 fatalities confirmed, 3 firefighters injured Some 370 structures destroyed, 57,000 in danger Hill Fire Location: Ventura County 4,531 acres burned 90 percent contained © 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
MALIBU (CBSLA) — Mandatory evacuation orders were partially lifted Tuesday for Malibu residents as fire crews continue to make progress in the Woolsey Fire. The blaze, now burning in Malibu after erupting Thursday in the Ventura County city of Thousand Oaks, is 35 percent contained. It has scorched 96,314 acres and destroyed at least 435 structures, damaged two others and still threatens about 57,000. Residents who live between Coastline to Carbon Mesa Rd, and from the ocean to the northern city limits (with some exceptions) will be allowed entry with proper I.D. While some evacuation orders for county communities remained in effect, all mandatory evacuation orders for the City of Los Angeles were lifted as of 7:47 p.m. Monday, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said they began allowing residents back into Hidden Hills and portions of Calabasas starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In Hidden Hills, neighborhoods west of Valley Circle Blvd., East of Crummer Canyon Road and north of the 101 Freeway will be reopened to residents. In Calabasas, neighborhoods west of Topanga Canyon Blvd., northwest of Mulholland Highway, north of Stunt Road, east of Las Virgenes Road, east of Lost Hills Road (including Lost Springs and Saratoga), and south of the Los Angeles/Ventura County line. Sections of Calabasas may still be without power by the time residents are allowed back in, according to SoCal Edison. Westlake Village neighborhoods along the city limits on the west, from the intersection of Westlake Blvd. and Sycamore Canyon Drive, north to the Ventura County and City of Agoura Hills boundaries will also be reopened, along with neighborhoods along Chesebro Road and Agoura Road from Chesebro to the west. The remainder of Calabasas remained under mandatory evacuation orders, and Malibu City Councilman Skylar Peak has asked people to refrain from attempting to get back into Malibu by boat. A community meeting for Malibu-area evacuees was scheduled for Tuesday night at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall. The continuing danger prompted Los Angeles County officials to re-issue a warning to residents in evacuated areas to stay away until conditions are deemed safe. “Although it may appear that fire threats have passed in some communities, officials warned that the situation remains unstable and can shift dangerously with changes in wind patterns and other unpredictable factors,” the advisory noted. Officials noted there are downed power poles and live power lines, live embers that could reignite, buckled roads, landslides and unstable ground, massive debris, unhealthy air quality, poor visibility and now power or cell phone access. Cal Fire announced Monday night that evacuation orders were lifted for West Hills in Los Angeles and Bell Canyon in Ventura County. RELATED: Evacuations, Road Closures and School Closures IT IS NOT SAFE, we understand everyone wants to return home. #LASD is working with @LACoFDPIO @CountyofLA Public Works & Public Health to evaluate the damaged areas of #WoolseyFire as soon as it is safe we will let everyone know. @LHSLASD Deputy RM pic.twitter.com/L5Mr8okG6c — LA County Sheriff's (@LASDHQ) November 12, 2018 The Woolsey Fire was blamed for the deaths of two people, who were found inside a burned vehicle in a long driveway in the 33000 block of Mulholland Highway. “It’s the feeling of homicide detectives that the driver became disoriented and the vehicle was overwhelmed by the fire,” sheriff’s Chief John Benedict said. Three firefighters have been injured, and Malibu City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner was recuperating at a hospital from conditions related to his unsuccessful efforts to save his home Friday night. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but authorities are exploring the possibility that SoCal Edison equipment may have sparked the blaze . Gusty Santa Ana winds continued to rake the communities hardest hit by the Woolsey Fire. Winds of 25 to 35 mph were forecast to blow Tuesday with gusts of 40 to 45 mph, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Sirard. (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
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SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) — Local, state and federal agencies have inspected the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and found that the nuclear Superfund site was not impacted by the Woolsey Fire. The U.S. Department of Energy, its contractors and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control inspected the site on Sunday, Nov. 11 and determined that Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone was untouched by the fire. View of Area IV and DOE buildings which remain undamaged from fire. (DOE) The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also performed an assessment of the site and found “no discernible level of radiation in the tested area.” For decades starting in the 1940s, the U.S. government conducted rocket testing, nuclear reactor testing and liquid metal research at Santa Susana. There was a series of nuclear accidents at the site including the worst nuclear meltdown in American history in 1959.