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Thomas Fire locals started donating to this Ojai store. They haven't stopped

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| Neighbors didn't wait for government aid to start arriving in Upper Ojai. Their ad-hoc relief operation in a corner store parking lot is now a community hub.

Oil seeps ignited by Thomas Fire still quietly burning


The Thomas Fire ignited naturally-occurring oil seepages. They're still burning — and though they don't pose high risk, they're tricky to put out.


Winemakers worry wildfires will leave whiff of ashtray in their wine


Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.

SoCal's Thomas Fire now 25 percent contained, but continues to threaten homes


Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended through the week instead of expiring Monday afternoon as was initially forecast.

Creek Fire: 70 percent contained, all evacuations have been lifted


The Creek Fire, which started early Tuesday morning in the Sylmar area, is now at 15,619 acres. Most nearby roads have been reopened.

Skirball Fire reaches 50 percent containment as residents head home


The Skirball Fire in the Bel Air area held at 475 acres burned in a late Friday update, but jumped from 30 to 50 percent containment, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Dos and don'ts of going home and cleaning up after a wildfire


Even after evacuation orders are lifted, there are still precautions you should take to keep yourself safe.

Frustrated with official sources, Ojai residents crowdsource Thomas Fire updates


Some Ojai residents, ex-residents and evacuees say they've been frustrated with what they feel are infrequent or incomplete updates about the spreading Thomas Fire — both from local news outlets and from fire officials.