The Mendocino Complex was still growing as it broke the record set last December. The Thomas Fire killed two people, burned 440 square miles, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings in Southern California before being fully contained Jan. 12.
The Mendocino Complex, which is 30 percent contained, has been less destructive to property than some of the other wildfires in the state because it is mostly raging in remote areas. But officials say it threatens 11,300 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread.
Source: Largest wildfire in California history still growing – ABC News
SAN FRANCISCO — One person died and two were hospitalized early Monday after a shooting on the eastbound direction of the Bay Bridge, the California Highway Patrol said.
According to the CHP, a sedan travelling in the middle lane crashed into an SUV travelling in the far right lane after the shots were fired. The driver of the SUV died at the scene, and two passengers were taken by ambulance to a hospital.
Source: San Francisco: One dead in Bay Bridge shooting, lanes closed
Official says the pilot declared an emergency before crashing about a mile from John Wayne Airport in Orange County
Source: Santa Ana, California: Small plane crashes into parking lot today, killing 5 – CBS News
The water, collected by scientists with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, measured 78.6 degrees Fahrenheit. “It really is weird,” a research scientist said. It all started with the blob.
Source: San Diego Researchers Measure The Highest Ocean Surface Temperature In A Century : NPR
A fast-moving wildfire burning in Shasta County grew to 28,763 acres Thursday evening, destroying 15 homes and threatening nearly 500 more.
Source: Devastating fire explodes into Redding; numerous homes lost, 1 dead
San Francisco joins cities like Malibu and Manhattan Beach in banning plastic straws. Will others in California follow?
San Francisco’s board of supervisors not only voted to ban plastic straws but also takeout containers treated with fluorinated chemicals. The proposal — which requires a second vote next week — also prohibits restaurants from offering napkins and utensils with takeout or delivery orders unless they are requested by customers or there is a self-serve station.
The board cited environmental impacts as well as litter on streets and waterways as reasons for the ban.
Source: San Francisco bans plastic straws, joining these California cities – The San Diego Union-Tribune
A winning Mega Millions lottery ticket was sold in San Jose, California, according to a tweet on the state lottery’s verified Twitter feed.
The winning ticket was sold at Ernie’s Liquors on South White Road, the tweet said. It’s not clear if there were any other winning tickets. The jackpot was up to a whopping $522 million.
The biggest-ever Mega Millions
jackpot — $656 million — was won in March 2012. It was shared by winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.
The winning numbers were 1, 2, 4, 19, 29 and 20.
Source: Mega Millions winning ticket sold in California – CNN
A state audit of misdeeds by California state employees found a DMV worker was not punished for sleeping at her desk three hours a day for three years.
Source: CA DMV worker slept at work for three years, audit says | Bradenton Herald
More proof that there’s a management problem at the #CADMV. I expect the audit I requested because of the DMV’s exploding wait times will show major systemic issues. The Audit Committee will vote on my request on August 8.https://t.co/c9wB1fp5i6
Authorities in Oakland responded Sunday night responded to two stabbings—including one fatal– at a BART station in Oakland, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The suspect reportedly fled the scene. The stabbings were reportedly random.
Source: Random stabbing attack at BART station leaves 1 dead, another in critical: report | Fox News
A woman is confirmed dead following a barricade situation involving a shooting and chase suspect who held hostages inside a Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake on Saturday.
The suspect, who sustained a gunshot wound to his arm, ran into the Trader Joe’s, located in the 2700 block of Hyperion Avenue, where several SWAT officers and an armored vehicle surrounded the building.
Los Angeles Fire Department officials confirmed another 20-year-old woman was transported in fair condition. It’s unclear what type of injuries she sustained.
A family reunification location for family members affected by the barricade situation is at LAPD Northeast Station, located at 3353 N. San Fernando Road. You can also call 323-561-3211.
The public is urged to avoid the area of Hyperion Avenue and Griffith Park Boulevard.
Source: Silver Lake Trader Joe’s barricade: 1 dead, suspect in custody