Four years ago, California's Three Feet for Safety Act took effect. But in Southern California, the police haven't found much use for it. Since it passed, LAPD officers have written just 13 citations for violating the three feet law.
LA County Department of Public Health has issued a beach water use advisory for all the county’s beaches. That’s because of rain run-off full of contaminants from the Woolsey Fire burn areas making its way to the ocean.
Pilots Joel Smith and David Nordquist were running low on fuel and didn’t have the manpower to hoist the people below to safety. So they made a risky choice and landed their helicopter through the thick smoke on to a narrow strip of burning ridgeline.