Videos: Winds driving  wildfires through Southern Calif.

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 4:10 AM

Calif. firefighters battle inside, outside Bel Air homes

Firefighters are trying to get into fire-ravaged areas in Southern California to try and get an accurate estimate on the number of homes lost to raging wildfires since Monday. At least four major fires shut down highways, closed schools and museums, shut down TV productions and cast a haze over the region, according to The Associated Press. At least 200,000 people are under evacuation orders. 

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High winds are expected to make battling the fires difficult for first responders through the rest of the week. 

Weather forecasters in Los Angeles are predicting high winds over night Wednesday and into Thursday morning, with gusts as high as 70 miles per hour in some areas. Los Angeles officials are urging people near the Creek and Rye Fires to be ready to evacuate.

California's top firefighter says the state is in for the worst Santa Ana wind conditions it's ever seen.

>> VIDEO: Wind-driven fire consumes northern California ranch

Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says the wind wildfire threat to Southern California for Thursday is purple. That color has never been used before, and means there is extreme danger and that fires that erupt will burn uncontrollably.

>> VIDEO: Fiery commute greets motorists on California’s I-405

Below that is red, meaning high danger of fires that burn rapidly and intensely and are difficult to control.

Pimlott says the winds could hit 80 mph (129 kph) and make it impossible to fight Southern California wildfires that have destroyed at least 200 homes and buildings.

>> PHOTOS: Wildfires scorching thousands of acres

A surge from the biggest of the wildfires burning in Southern California has forced several thousand more people to evacuate in a community of artists and resorts, according to the AP.

>> VIDEO: Firefighters battle blaze inside, outside of Bel Air homes

Ventura County sheriff's Sgt. Eric Buschow says flames have been creeping closer and slowly surrounding the town of Ojai (OH'hi), and on Tuesday night increasing winds brought them close enough to expand evacuation orders there.

Flames, now about 4 miles away, were visible from the city's downtown for the first time on Tuesday night, and ash was raining down.

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Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County starts Saturday

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 4:38 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

Sunshine is expected this afternoon, with snow possible in parts of the Dayton area Saturday.

Clouds will increase overnight, with temperatures falling into the upper 20s by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.


  • Winter Weather Advisory for Butler County from 2 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday
  • Scattered snow by late morning, mainly south of I-70
  • Warmer weather pattern next week

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Saturday: Scattered snow will develop in the morning, mainly south of Interstate 70. Snow showers will be on and off into the evening. Little or no snow accumulation is expected north of I-70. Accumulation of 1 inch or less is expected across Preble, Montgomery and Clark and Greene Counties. Around 1 to 3 inches will be possible in Butler County along with southern Warren and Clinton counties. Highs will be in the upper 30s with breezy conditions at times.

 >> 5-Day Forecast

Sunday: Clouds will clear with temperatures moderating back into the middle 40s.

Monday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase through the afternoon. It will be milder with highs reaching into the lower 50s.

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Tuesday: More seasonable temperatures are expected but showers will be possible. Highs will be in the middle 50s.

Wednesday: Showers will be likely with highs in the upper 50s.

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Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:05 AM

Dayton students head to D.C. to march for gun control 

A group of students from the Dayton area left Friday night, headed to Washington, D.C. to march in the nation's capital Saturday in the name of gun control.

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The students have a grueling itinerary, leaving from Englewood by bus Friday night, riding by bus through the night and arriving in Washington around 9 a.m. 

"We want action and we want prevention," said Sammy Caruso, an Oakwood High School student who coordinated the trip. 

Oakwood students spent their Friday night making signs in preparation for their trip. They'll joine other teens from all over the country in what's being called the "March for our Lives." 

It's a push for tougher gun laws in the wake of the most recent mass shooting last month at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

"I think marches are one of the best ways we can get people involved," said Caruso. 

Students from several schools in the Miami Valley boarded the bus, along with some parents and teachers who also are along for the trip. 

>>Flames shooting from vacant house in Dayton

Caruso said he lost a friend in the Parkland shooting, so he said this issue is personal for him. 

"I really felt like I needed to do something about it, I couldn't just watch this happen, see something that happened to my friend ... I need to do as much as I can," he said. 

"We want our congressmen to know that we're sick of it, and if they're not going to have any action, we're going to demand it." 

In Dayton, a March for Our Lives event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Courthouse Square downtown.

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Florida woman attacks husband for forgetting anniversary, deputies say

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 1:03 AM

Carol Stone
Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Carol Stone(Pasco County Sheriff's Office)

A Florida woman was not very happy when her husband forgot their wedding anniversary, and her anger landed her in jail, deputies said.

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Carol Stone, 35, of Zephyrhills, was arrested by Pasco County deputies Wednesday on charges of domestic battery, a misdemeanor, WTVT reported. According to her husband, Stone became angry when he admitted he had forgotten their anniversary date. An argument ensued, during which Stone “smacked the victim multiple times” in the head and face, leaving red marks and scratches.

Stone’s husband recorded the incident with his cellphone and gave it to deputies, WTVT reported. During the argument, deputies said, Stone’s husband pushed her on the ground and then she "flipped," The Tampa Bay Times reported. Stone admitted she hit her husband because he forgot the anniversary, deputies said.

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Flames shooting from vacant house in Dayton

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:12 PM

Flames were shooting from the two-story house when crews were called around 11 p.m. to 917 Lorain Ave.

Crews were called late Friday night to a fire at a vacant house.

Flames were shooting from the two-story house when crews were called around 11 p.m. to 917 Lorain Ave.

We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

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