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- 11/11/18--14:08: Woolsey Fire Mobilizes Animal Rescue Community
- 11/11/18--20:29: Lakers Honor Victims of Thousand Oaks Shooting
- 11/11/18--21:03: Lakers Survive Attack From Hawks
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- 11/12/18--15:02: Firefighters Get Handle on Peak Fire Burning Near 118 Freeway
A Temescal Canyon High School teacher has been put on administrative leave after his arrest for allegedly having an eight-month long sexual relationship with a person who at the time was a student at the school, officials said Sunday.
"Until further notice, Mr. Strange will be placed on paid administrative leave by the district pending investigation of all allegations and charges,'' Whitney D'Amico, the school's principal, said in a statement posted on the TCHS website.
Deputies arrested Russell Strange, 54, of Canyon Lake at noon Friday at the campus on suspicion of numerous crimes, including having unlawful sexual contact with a minor, said Sgt. Brett Seckinger of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Investigators did not indicate how long ago the alleged relationship took place, though the victim is now an adult and no longer a student at the school, Seckinger said.
The allegations were reported to law enforcement on Oct. 25.
The school's website lists Strange in its staff directory as a social sciences teacher, as well as an assistant coach for the girls varsity basketball team and head coach of the girls junior varsity basketball team.
D'Amico said the district was fully cooperating with investigators and that Strange's students would be provided with continuity of instruction when they return on Tuesday, following the holiday weekend.
"Beginning Tuesday morning the district will augment TCHS staff with extra district counseling and mental health support; they will be available to students and staff members who have questions and feelings about what has happened, and who may need to talk in a confidential and safe setting,'' D'Amico said.
Strange has been employed by the school since at least 2012, according to the website Transparent California. He was released from jail on Saturday after posting $25,000 bail, according to jail records.
Authorities urged anyone with additional information to call Lead Investigator Argandona at the Lake Elsinore sheriff's station at (951) 245-3300.
Firefighters worked quickly as flames from a flare-up caused by the massive Woolsey Fire in Southern California approached the yard of a hilltop home in West Hills. Despite the encroaching flames, fire crews were able to knock down the fire and successfully defend the home.
Democratic leaders pressed the Department of Justice's top ethics official on Sunday to provide answers on whether the department has advised acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, NBC News reported.
In a letter to Lee Lofthus, the assistant attorney general for administration, Democrats highlighted Whitaker's past comments criticizing the Mueller probe and what they called a "troubling" conflict of interest as evidence that he should have no role overseeing the investigation.
"There are serious ethical considerations that require Mr. Whitaker’s immediate recusal from any involvement with the Special Counsel investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election," the Democrats wrote.
Before Whitaker joined the Justice Department as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' chief of staff in late 2017, he was a conservative legal commentator and wrote an opinion piece for CNN titled "Mueller's investigation into Trump is going too far."
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In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa. President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he was naming Whitaker, as acting attorney general, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Nov. 7, 2018, as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation.
The wind-driven Hill Fire has quickly burned 4,531 acres in Ventura County, forcing a complete freeway closure of the 101 Freeway, evacuations and keeping residents on edge.
As of Sunday at 9 a.m., the fire was 70 percent contained.
Mandatory evacuations have been issued for Camarillo Springs, Vallecito Trailer Park, Cal State Channel Islands' campus and Dos Vientos. Voluntary evacuations are being urged for Point Magu Naval Base.
Officials estimated that 1,200 homes were evacuated between the Camarillo Springs and Dos Vientos areas.
CHP advised that all northbound 101 Freeway traffic is being diverted onto State Route 23 in Moorpark. The agency urged drivers to avoid the northbound 101.
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A fast-moving brush fire erupted near Newbury Park Nov. 8, 2018, burning tens of thousands of acres into the night.
The Woolsey Fire that has burned more than 83,000 acres, destroyed at least 177 homes and forced the evacuation of more than 265,000 people in Los Angeles and Ventura counties is also mobilizing the local animal rescue community, as volunteers scrambled to find shelter for thousands of small pets and large animals alike.
Evacuation centers for animals at Hansen Dam in Lake View Terrace and Pierce College in Woodland Hills quickly filled up after opening Friday.
Another center was available at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 W. AveH in Lancaster.
The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Services was in the fire area providing further assistance.
"Community! Let's rally together to help the displaced animals and their human companions in this urgent situation,'' the department tweeted Saturday. "Kennels/crates are needed at sheltering sites - please take them to the office of Council Member Bob Blumenfield at 19040 Vanowen St. Reseda, CA91335 Thank you all!''
The department also encouraged people to go to their closest animal care center and adopt animals to clear space for those displaced by the fire.
City officials in Los Angeles also sent out an emergency message seeking foster families.
"If you can adopt or foster, please go to the closest LA City Animal Service Center to help create life-saving space during the high winds and fire. This is an EMERGENCY!'' said a post on the department's Facebook page.
City shelters in the East Valley, West Valley and West Los Angeles are accepting evacuated animals.
A large animal evacuation center was established at the Zuma Beach parking lot in Malibu, where a photo from the Los Angeles Times showed llamas tethered to a lifeguard station backed by a red sky. Industry Hills Expo Center in the San Gabriel Valley was also offering shelter for horses from fire-affected areas.
The county's Agoura Animal Care Center was evacuated, but the remaining six Los Angeles County animal care centers -- in Baldwin Park, Carson/Gardena, Castaic, Downey, Lancaster and Palmdale --- were accepting small animals.
In Ventura County, Borchard Community Center at 190 Reino Rd. in Newbury Park was accepting dogs and cats, while the Camarillo Community Center at 1605 E. Burnley St. was accepting small animals. Those who need large animal assistance were advised to call (805) 388-4258.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Los Angeles chapter said Saturday that they would deploy a disaster response team to the Woolsey Fire after answering the call for mutual aid from the Los Angeles County Department of Care and Control.
"SpcaLA is headed to a staging area in Thousand Oaks, where DART members will report to Los Angeles County Incident Command. DART consists of humane officers, veterinary staff, animal care givers, and other professionals,'' spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein said.
She also urged people who want to support spcaLA's disaster relief efforts to donate at spcaLA.com. Additionally, donations of unopened pet food and wire crates to supplement what spcaLA is bringing to the Woolsey Fire can be dropped off at any spcaLA location during operating hours, or purchased on spcaLA's Amazon Wish List.
Woolsey Fire Mobilizes Animal Rescue Community Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista announced Sunday that it is waiving all adoption fees until further notice, and is bringing in adoptable pets from nearby shelters to help create space for new animals evacuated from the fire. The facility can be reached at (424) 384-1801.
Bunny World Foundation founder Lejla Hadzimuratovic said the phone at her Los Angeles-based rabbit rescue group was ringing nonstop with calls about domestic rabbits being dumped by residents fleeing their homes. She was taking requests from people who need help -- and those who want to help -- via email at email@example.com.
VCA Animal Hospitals offered free boarding at select hospitals for families affected by the fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
"These raging fires have impacted countless families, many with pets who need to find shelter,'' said Art Antin, the company's chief operating officer. "VCA hospitals in the area of the fires are extending free boarding for pets, so evacuated families can focus on their most pressing priorities.''
The fire, which erupted Thursday, has forced a citywide evacuation in Malibu and parts or all of many other Los Angeles County areas, including Westlake Village, Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills, West Hills, Topanga and Calabasas. It was 10 percent contained Sunday.
Cal Fire officials said the cause was under investigation.
Winds died down Saturday, but were picking up again Sunday, as the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for gusty winds and low humidity in effect through Tuesday afternoon.
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Horses are spooked as the Woolsey Fire moves through the property on Cornell Road near Paramount Ranch on November 9, 2018 in Agoura Hills, California.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks honored the victims of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks by wearing black t-shirts that said "Enough," during pregame warm ups on Sunday night at Staples Center.
On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, just over an hour after the Lakers finished off a 114-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, a gunman entered the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks and opened fire on patrons.
The senseless mass shooting killed 13 people, including the shooter, and added the peaceful community just north of Los Angeles to the long list of communities who have been ravaged by gun violence in our country.
To honor the victims of the shooting, the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks wore black shirts that said "Enough" across the chest, and had the 12 victims names spelled out on the back.
The Lakers were just one of many sports franchises to honor the victims of the mass shooting. On Saturday afternoon, the Clippers wore the same shirt ahead of their game with the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center.
At the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, the Los Angeles Rams held a moment of silence for the victims before their game against the Seattle Seahawks, and Rams offensive lineman, Andrew Whitworth donated his paycheck to the victims families.
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, left, and Josh Hart wear t-shirts bearing the names of the 12 victims of Wednesday night's shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., before an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The block heard round the world.
Tyson Chandler blocked Trae Young's floater at the buzzer, and the Los Angeles Lakers survived an attack by the pesky Atlanta Hawks, 107-106, at Staples Center on Sunday night.
Atlanta led most of the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, but after two missed free throws with 19 seconds remaining, LeBron James soared through the air for the putback dunk that gave the Lakers the lead.
LeBron led all scorers with a game-high 26 points, as Los Angeles won their fifth consecutive game against the Hawks dating back to the 2015-15 season.
The victory was the third consecutive win for the Lakers and their fifth in their last six games overall.
Following their 101-86 victory over Pacific Division foe the Sacramento Kings, on Saturday night, the Lakers struggled with the lowly Hawks all night long.
Taurean Prince led Atlanta with 23 points, Kent Bazemore had 21, and rookie Trae Young flashed some moments of greatness with 20 points.
Kyle Kuzma had 18 points for the Lakers.
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Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) dunks against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
The Department of Veterans Affairs is suffering from a series of information technology glitches that has caused GI Bill benefit payments covering education and housing to be delayed or, in some cases, never delivered, NBC News reported.
"I’m about to lose everything that I own and become homeless," said Shelley Roundtree, a U.S. Army veteran and student at Berkeley College in New York. "I don’t want to be that veteran on the street begging for change because I haven’t received what I was promised."
Veterans across the country are still waiting for the VA to catch up with a backlog created after President Donald Trump signed the Forever GI Bill in 2017. The landmark piece of legislation greatly expanded benefits for veterans and their families, but it did not upgrade the VA's technical capabilities to account for those changes.
It's unclear how many GI Bill recipients were impacted by the delays, but as of Nov. 8, more than 82,000 were still waiting for their housing payments with only weeks remaining in the school semester, according to the VA. Hundreds of thousands are believed to have been affected.
A VA spokesperson told NBC News over email that "further system changes and modifications are being made and testing is ongoing on the IT solution" to fix the delay in monthly stipend payments.
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In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, veterans and others carry a large American Flag while marching in the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City.
Residents in Napa came together to remember Alaina Housley, one of the 12 victims of the Borderline Bar shooting, in her hometown of Napa. On NBC4 News Nov. 11, 2018.
The seats at Staples Center have a star-studded history when the Lakers are in action. Check out some of the celebrity fans in the stands who have cheered on the Lakers through the years.
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The Lakers draw celebrity fans to the seats at Staples Center.
Flooding a massive desert with desalinated ocean water to grow enough algae to consume Earth's climate-changing carbon dioxide is one of four "moonshot" scenarios revealed by a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, NBC News reported.
The desert flooding project would cost upwards of $50 trillion, according to Y Combinator, which unveiled the plan last month in hopes of inspiring other innovators to explore remedies for global warming.
But experts caution that such plans could create as many problems as they solve, even if they do stand a chance of reducing greenhouse gasses.
Y Combinator President Sam Altman predicted that the firm, which helped finance Airbnb and Dropbnox, will fund three companies to pursue the "Plan B" climate solutions in 2019.
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This file photo shows the Algodones Dunes near Glamis, California.
Two Jewish camps in the Malibu hills—where 49,000 children have spent summers -- have been destroyed by the Woolsey Fire, the NBC4 I-Team has learned.
Eighty-seven out of 97 buildings at Camp Hess Kramer and its sister camp --Camp Hilltop — were leveled by the fire.
There were 200 school children evacuated from Camp Hess Kramer Thursday around 11 p.m., just hours before fire tore through the area. They were LAUSD students attending a science retreat. LAUSD uses the camp every week for science school.
"There is massive destruction here," Camp Security Director Cory Wenter told NBC4. "This is a place where kids have gathered and had fun for over 60 years, and now it’s gone," Wenter added.
Flames from the Woolsey fire ruined nearly two dozen cabins, dining halls, dance halls, recreation areas, at both camps. Camp Hess Kramer’s outdoor chapel where daily prayer services were held is also in ashes.
The camp "evacuated" three holy Torah scrolls from the chapel along with the 200 children Thursday night.
The destruction is a huge loss for southern California’s Jewish community and the thousands of families who sent generations of kids here.
"Those were places were I made some of the best memories of my life," said 13-year old Ava Maxwell, who spends her summers at Camp Hess Kramer.
The camps are owned by Wilshire Boulevard Temple, one of LA's largest synagogues. Camp Director Doug Lynn told NBC4 the camps were insured and they will eventually be rebuilt.
"The thing that makes Hess Kramer and Hilltop so special is still there," said Linda Benjamin, who sends her two kids to the summer camps.
"It's the people, it's the organization, it's the community and those remain."
The devastating Woolsey Fire destroyed Camp Hilltop (pictured) and its sister camp, Camp Hess Kramer in the Malibu Hills. The beloved camps have been the summer home for tens of thousands of Jewish children in Los Angeles.
Brush fires have burned hundreds of thousands of acres in California.
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A view of the Woolsey Fire at El Scorpion Canyon Park, California.
A deer jumped into traffic on a New Jersey highway, then flew airborne and smashed into a woman's SUV, crashing through the windshield, onto the passenger seat and landing in the back of the vehicle, authorities say.
In a Facebook post, the Howell Township Police Department says the deer ran onto Route 9 Monday morning -- right into the path of Melissa Misthal's Rav4.
The 36-year-old woman swerved to avoid the animal but it rammed her SUV while airborne, police say. The force of the impact sent the deer into the passenger seat and then into the back; the windshield collapsed, as did the roof of the vehicle.
The deer still in her car, Misthal managed to pull her SUV over to the shoulder. She was treated at the scene for a minor injury. The deer died.
Police praised the actions of Misthal, though, which they say helped prevent additional accidents and injuries.
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Throwing down "Casablanca" quotes, including the oft-misquoted but generally still loved and widely said "play it again, Sam"?
Movie buffs obsessed with the iconic 1942 dramatic romance, which starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, will do so at the drop of a fedora... er, hat.
But where to revel in some vintage flicks, their stories, origins, costumes, and props, with other people who remember or long for Hollywood's Golden Age?
"Burbank" is the quick answer, "Warner Bros. Studio" is the longer answer, and the new "Classics Made Here" tour is the name to keep in mind.
For the recently introduced tour, which is available on Fridays and Saturdays, is all about the Warner Bros. offerings of yore, those flicks that have stood the test of the decades, and, in some cases, the better part of a century.
What'll find there, film fans? The beautiful suit worn by Ingrid Berman has Humphrey Bogart uttered "here's looking at you, kid" towards the conclusion of "Casablanca."
A line-up of looks from long-ago gangster films are also on display, as are costumes worn by James Dean and Natalie Wood in 1955's "Rebel Without a Cause."
Film critic and historian Leonard Maltin has helped to "... curate and tell the story of classic Hollywood for tour guests." The look back will stretch from some of the studio's earliest days creating cinematic gems to the 1970s.
Other treasures from films like "My Fair Lady" will may viewed on Stage 48: Script to Screen, a repository of movie props, sets, costumes, and scripts that further fill out a fan's film-based knowledge.
A ticket to Classics Made Here is $75.
And keep in mind, if you prefer to join the daily and long-running Warner Bros. Studio Tour: If you jump on a tour ahead of Dec. 16, 2018, and you happen to be a Southern California resident, living in a zip code that falls between 90000 to 93599, you'll score a discounted ticket for $49.99, saving $18.
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Launches Brand New Classics Tour and Exhibit, which includes principal "Casablanca" costumes, in Burbank. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood)
Some Facebook users were reporting that the site was down for them on Monday.
For those experiencing the outage, opening a page on the social media site revealed an error message reading, "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can."
Facebook appeared to go down just 1 p.m. ET. Users started to report that it was back online about 30 mintues later. A Facebook page that tracks the platform's status said it was healthy after having been inaccessible.
The website outage-tracking site Downdetector reported a spike in reports of problems with Facebook starting before 1 p.m. ET. A map showed the outages concentrated in the Northeast and Midwest of the United States.
NBC has reached out to Facebook for comment. The company hasn't issued any tweets.
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This June 12, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on display at the 2018 CeBIT technology trade fair in Hanover, Germany.
Police officers are highly trained to do pit maneuvers, catch criminals and keep us safe, but there's nothing in the police handbook that covers fifth-grade social studies or junior high math.
That doesn't stop these Azusa Police officers from working a different beat as part of the Homework House. Each day you can find the officers in full uniform tutoring, mentoring and helping low-income students with their school work.
"It's very humbling to see these kids who may not have a lot of resources available to them," said Lt. Xavier Torres of the Azusa police Department. Torres grew up in Azusa and says he sees himself in many of these students.
"There are a lot of problems that I didn't have in the past," he said. "There are more gang issues, drug issues, but what I see in them a lot of effort."
The program does more than just help kids improve their grades. It also fosters a relationship between the officers and the community members they protect.
"Even though this is a homework-based program there are a lot of conversations that are started between the officers and the kids and when they speak to the parents it opens the door even farther," said Azusa Police Chief Stephan Hunt.
The Homework House provides a constructive place for children to go between the period when they leave school and their parents return home from work, which officers say is the time when kids are most likely to get into trouble.
"It's hard. I'm working. My husband is working. Everybody is working and with three kids it's hard to help them, to pay attention to all of them. So Homework House is wonderful for us," said parent Rosa Yauyo.
The officers say sometimes it's easier to be out patrolling the streets than to relearn fractions and long division, but it's worth it.
"At end of year when you see them gradating, from middle school, from high school, going into college, that right there is the best gift," said Lt. Torres.
More than 30 people have died and tens of thousands of Californians have been forced from their homes as huge wildfires continue to rage in the northern and southern ends of the state.
The Camp Fire has become the most destructive wildfire in state history, killing at least 29 people and destroying more than 6,400 residential structures over nearly 175 square miles. The 130-square-mile Woolsey fire north of Los Angeles, meanwhile, killed at least two and has the potential to grow with the return of Santa Ana winds. Burning near the Woolsey fire, the Hill fire is smaller and three-quarters contained.
Here are some ways to help:
Anyone who wants to help can text "CAWILDFIRES" to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support RedCross disaster efforts.
Donations can also be made through the Salvation Army.
North Valley Community Foundation is accepting monetary donations as well as supplies.
Caring Choice, a nonprofit in Chico, is accepting donations to help offer relief to those affected by recent Northern California Fires. You can make a note in the memo whether you prefer your donation be used for, food, clothing, housing or other things.
Among supplies needed are paper products (toilet paper, forks, spoons, paper plates, tissues, paper towels), and women's undergarments, as well as warm clothes, including shoe and socks, Butte County officials said.
The North Valley Animal Disaster Group is taking care of 729 animals as of Saturday morning and it's accepting donations. Call 530-899-3873 or visit this site for more information.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles has started a disaster relief fund for victims of the Hill and Woolsey fires. Similarly, United Way of Northern California has set up an option on its donation for page for people to put money toward Camp fire relief.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation has also put out a call for donations to raise money to purchase hydration backpacks for firefighters. Donations can be made online at the organization's website.
AirBnb was looking for host homes to open their spaces for evacuees of the Woolsey and Hill Fires through Nov. 29.
Those wishing to volunteer should fill out an application and wait for instructions. Notarized applications are required. Contact Caring Choices by calling 530-899-3873 or visiting them at 1398 Ridgewood in Chico.
Additionally, NBC Los Angeles has a Southern California wildfires Facebook group with local information on ways to help.
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Yuba and Butte County sheriff deputies search a destroyed home for a reported victim of the Camp Fire on November 10, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity, the rapidly spreading Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise and has quickly charred 100,000 acres and has destroyed over 6,700 homes and businesses in a matter of hours.
Firefighters were making progress on the smaller 4,500 acre Hill Fire as crews continue battling the far larger and devastating Woolsey Fire Monday.
The Hill Fire, north of Malibu and south of Simi Valley, was at 80 percent containment Monday morning.
The blaze, which began burning Thursday just prior to the Woolsey Fire, had burned 4,531 acres after starting at Hill Canyon and Santa Rosa roads in the Santa Rosa Valley. It had destroyed two structures.
The greater of the two fires, the Woolsey Fire, had burned more than 91,000 acres by Monday, and reached 20 percent containment.
The monstrous Woolsey Fire had consumed 370 structures in LA and Ventura counties. Two deaths possible connected to the fire were being investigated as an estimated 265,000 people were forced to flee.
Multimillion-dollar mansions and mobile homes were lost in the destructive blaze, fanned by Santa Ana winds
The causes of both fires remained under investigation, Cal Fire said.
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A view of the Hill Fire from the 101 Freeway on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.
Water-dropping aircrafts were used to attack a brush fire that climbed a hillside to the edge of the 118 Freeway Monday in the Simi Valley area, but by the afternoon, crews got a handle on the blaze freeway lanes reopened.
The Peak Fire was reported at about 10:30 a.m. near the Rocky Peak Road exit. Aerial video showed flames burned up a hillside to the edge of the freeway. At least two water-dropping helicopters and a firefighting airplane were at the scene as confused commuters attempted to turn around on lanes and drive the wrong way on the 118 Freeway. It scorched 105 acres in all.
Areas of Box Canyon and Lake Manor were ordered to evacuate. The freeway was closed due to fire and smoke, which was drifting across the road. By 2 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said all westbound lanes were open, while two lanes on the eastbound side were open. Other eastbound lanes were to remain blocked as crews mopped up what was left of the fire, nearly all contained by the afternoon.
The fire is not considered part of the 91,500-acre Woolsey Fire, which began last week in Ventura County. That fire, which burned into the Malibu area, is 20-percent contained.
It has destroyed an estimated 370 structures.
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A brush fire burns near the 118 Freeway Monday Nov. 12, 2018.