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Man Sought On Suspicion Of Arson In Connection With 1,400-Acre Azusa Fire

AZUSA (CBSLA) — Authorities were searching for a 36-year-old man experiencing homelessness who stands accused of starting the Ranch 2 fire in Azusa that scorched 1,400 acres. Police say Osmin Palencia was last seen in the Azusa Canyon riverbed and is believed to be violent. Authorities urged the public to call police if Palencia is spotted. Evacuation orders for the area have been lifted, though containment for the fire stood at around three percent. The Ranch 2 Fire was reported about 2:45 p.m. Thursday near North San Gabriel Canyon Road and North Ranch Road, according to authorities. The following roads remain closed: • San Gabriel Canyon Road/Highway 39: Northbound Highway 39 is closed at Sierra Madre Ave. and Southbound Highway 39 is closed at East Fork Rd. • Glendora Mountain Rd: closed from Big Dalton to East Fork • Glendora Ridge Rd: Closed from Glendora Mountain Rd to Mt. Baldy Rd • Santa Anita Canyon Rd: Closed from Arno Dr to Chantry Flats Rd Anyone with information about Palencia’s whereabouts was encouraged to contact the Azusa Police Department at 626-812-3200.

Residents Throughout SoCal Report Increase In Package Delays From USPS

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Residents throughout Southern California have reported an increase in delays from the U.S. Postal Service. “It is very frustrating. I don’t like getting calls from customers saying, ‘Where’s my merchandise,’ ” said Armano Perales who explained that he has received a lot of recent calls referencing delays in packages. Perales is a manager for Classic Lamp Parts in Long Beach, a wholesale distributor to the lighting industry across the U.S. Like so many other businesses and people, they’re experiencing problems with the USPS. “A customer notified us on Thursday that they got their package a week after they were shipped. It was supposed to be there in two days. Another customer says it’s been two weeks and still not delivered,” he said. “It’s affecting business.” Mail service has been disrupted across the country because of a number of reasons. The USPS had already been suffering financially for years. Then, it got another blow from the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the USPS is having to adjust to cost-cutting measures put in place by its new Postmaster General, along with a recent controversy over…

Officials Revise Acres Burned in Lake Hughes Fire from 17,842 to 14,714

Share this article:Officials revised the number of acres burned in a fire near Lake Hughes Saturday from 17,842 to 14,714 and attributed the change to better mapping. Nonetheless, the containment figure for the Lake Fire remained at 12%, Cal Fire reported. “Improved infrared mapping of the fire perimeter revealed a decrease in acreage burned,” the Los Angeles County Fire Department reported. The blaze has destroyed six structures and damaged three others as firefighters prepared to battle flames in extreme heat and low humidity throughout the weekend. No injuries have been reported. The multi-agency effort had 1,563 personnel battling the blaze, according to the U.S. Forest Service, along with three helicopters, five water tenders and 173 engines. Evacuations remained in effect for the following areas: Lake Hughes Road West of Pine Canyon and north of Dry Gulch Road, east of Ridge Route Road, west of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78, north of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road, and south of SR-138. An evacuation site was established at Highland High School, at 39055 25th St. W in Palmdale, according to the American Red Cross.…

Fires Causing Unhealthy Air Quality in L.A.’s Valleys

Share this article:Smoke from fires burning near Lake Hughes and in Azusa is causing unhealthy air quality Saturday throughout large parts of Los Angeles County. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, air quality is unhealthy Saturday in the San Gabriel Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains, the Santa Clarita Valley, the Fernando Valley, and Pomona-Walnut Valley. “It is difficult to tell where smoke, ash or soot from a fire will go, or how winds will affect the level of these particles in the air, so we ask everyone to remember that smoke and ash can be harmful to health, even for people who are healthy,” said Muntu Davis, the county’s health officer. “If you can see smoke, soot, or ash, or you can smell smoke, pay attention to your immediate environment and take precautions to safeguard your health. These precautions are particularly important for children, older adults, and people with heart or lung diseases.” The AQMD recommends limiting outdoor exposure by staying indoors with windows and doors closed and avoiding vigorous physical activity. “We are also advising day camps that are in…

Law enforcement, including in L.A., sees new push to train officers on stopping abuse in their own ranks

Despite policies on the books for years that require officers across the United States to stop colleagues from using excessive force, there has been little or no effort to teach officers how to intervene, law enforcement officials and experts say. That’s now changing following the killing of George Floyd, who died after a white Minneapolis police officer held a knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes while three colleagues watched. Police departments nationwide are showing new interest in training officers how they should stop, or try to stop, abuse in their own ranks. “I don’t think departments have prepared their officers sufficiently to deal with that sort of situation,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington-based think tank. “Have we really thought through what that actually means, what’s actually expected of them? ‘Duty to intervene’ has to mean more than words. It has to mean actions.” Officials in New Orleans, which has what many consider to be the nation’s model police peer intervention program, say that since Floyd’s death in May, they have received more than 100 inquiries from…

Households with grandparents weigh coronavirus risk as school year starts

Zita Robinson, who’s 77 and diabetic, has been careful around her granddaughter since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. A door connects Robinson’s apartment in Phoenix to the main house where 8-year-old Traris “Trary” Robinson-Newman and her mother live, but it mostly stays shut. Their only physical contact is if Trary walks in with her back toward Grandma. Then Robinson will kiss her own hand and lightly touch Trary’s back — “like I’m sending her a kiss with my hand.” “It’s very hard,” Robinson said. “We live together, but we live apart.” Not hugging Grandma is hard for Trary, too: “It’s like I can’t see her anymore.” The separation Trary and her grandmother experience in their home is becoming a bigger issue as children go back to school. Many public schools nationwide are starting remotely in the fall, but if classes resume in person later this year, the chasm could grow between generations who live together. Millions of seniors 65 and up, one of the populations most vulnerable to the virus, live with a school-age child. For those households, the new school year means reconsidering interactions…

Low-wage workers in SoCal face retaliation for demanding COVID-19 safety measures at work

In early June, Lizzet Aguilar went on afour-day strike. She demanded that the McDonald’s location in Boyle Heights where she worked provide employees with adequate protective equipment and enforce social distancing to fight the coronavirus. Aguilar, 35, said that a supervisor treated her more harshly after the strike in retaliation for her activism, telling her to work faster and instructing other employees not to help her. “She was tougher with me, stricter, and started to yell more,” Aguilar said. Coronavirus cases have surged in California over the last two months, fueled by the reopening of the economy. Though public health officials say making workplaces safer is essential to slowing the virus’ spread, fear of retaliation is preventing many employees from voicing safety concerns, workers and labor organizers say. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Lake Fire: Threat remains to Lake Hughes area as battle against 23-square-mile blaze continues amid heat wave

Many communities in northwest Los Angeles County remain at risk as a destructive brush fire that erupted in the Lake Hughes area mid-week continues to burn Saturday. The so-called Lake Fire has charred 14,714 acres or about 23 square miles, much of it in the Angeles National Forest, the L.A. County Fire Department said. That’s about 2,700 acres smaller than previously estimated. The blaze has destroyed at least six structures and was 12% contained as firefighting efforts entered the weekend, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Crews continue to assess damages to the affected communities. With hot, dry and windy conditions expected to persist, authorities said the following communities remain under evacuation orders: Lake Hughes Road, west of Pine Canyon and north of Dry Gulch RoadEast of Ridge Route RoadWest of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78North of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes RoadSouth of State Route 138 The following roads were still closed Saturday morning: San Francisquito Canyon Road from Stater Lane to Spunky CanyonThree Points Road from Highway 138 to Pine CanyonOld Ridge Route from Highway 138 to Pine CanyonLake Hughes Road…

Police Probe Death Of Burglary Suspect In Arleta

ARLETA (CBSLA) — Police were investigating the death of a burglary suspect in Arleta. Officers arrived at a home on Wingo Street Friday night responding to reports of a burglar. Investigators say, as police took the suspect into custody, he appeared to need medical attention. They called paramedics who later declared that man dead. There was no word yet on what kind of symptoms the man was experiencing. His name has not been released.

Firefighters Gain Ground On Skyline Fire In Corona

CORONA (CBSLA) — Fire crews hope to have the Skyline fire in Corona fully contained by Saturday. It started Thursday in the Cleveland National Forest with firefighters managing to keep the flames to 45 acres. At last word, the fire was 65 percent contained. Also, in Corona, the so-called Joe fire broke out Friday in the 4400 block of Joseph Canyon Trail. One outbuilding and a couple of acres have burned there. No further details were immediately available.

Firefighters Continue To Battle Massive Lake Hughes Fire; Structures Remain Threatened

LAKE HUGHES (CBSLA) — Firefighters Saturday continued to battle the massive fire in the Lake Hughes area that was threatening structures in the area. As of Friday night, the fire has scorched nearly 17,500 acres. By Saturday, the acreage was downgraded to 14,714. The fire remained at 12 percent containment. Officials say the fire has destroyed at least 21 structures and continues to threaten thousands more. Crews dealt with several spot fires Friday. The high temperatures made the firefight even more difficult. “It just really goes to show how erratic the fire can be,” said Sky Cornell, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “And if the conditions are ripe, which they are right now, it can be very unpredictable.” Evacuation orders were still in place in affected areas, which include: • Lake Hughes Road West of Pine Canyon and North of Dry Gulch Rd. • East of Ridge Route Road • West of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78 • North of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road • South of SR-138 The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Lake Fire: Some evacuation orders lifted as crews continue battle against Antelope Valley blaze

Officials lifted additional evacuation orders that had been issued Friday evening for the Lake fire but kept previous orders in place as the fire continued to pose a threat to some residents. Expanded evacuation zones in the Antelope Valley region had been initially ordered shortly after 5 p.m. They encompassed the area north of Avenue D and Highway 138, south of Avenue A, west of 150th Street West and east of 200th Street West. About 9:30 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale station announced that the orders had been lifted. The Lake fire began near Lake Hughes on Wednesday. Within hours it had quickly scorched 10,500 acres as it raced west toward the 5 and northeast toward residents in Pine Canyon in the Antelope Valley, triggering evacuations and burning three buildings. By Friday night, the fire had grown to more than 17,400 acres and was 12% contained. It has destroyed at least five structures, and more than 5,000 others were threatened. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Man Sought On Suspicion Of Arson In Connection With 1,500-Acre Azusa Fire

AZUSA (CBSLA) — Authorities were searching for a 36-year-old man experiencing homelessness who stands accused of starting the Ranch 2 fire in Azusa that scorched 1,500 acres. Police say Osmin Palencia was last seen in the Azusa Canyon riverbed and is believed to be violent. Authorities urged the public to call police if Palencia is spotted. Evacuation orders for the area have been lifted, though containment for the fire stood at around three percent. The Ranch 2 Fire was reported about 2:45 p.m. Thursday near North San Gabriel Canyon Road and North Ranch Road, according to authorities. Anyone with information about Palencia’s whereabouts was encouraged to contact the Azusa Police Department at 626-812-3200.

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