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Unique and Creative Christmas Tree Ideas With Spruce 0132

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Entertaining and Holiday Expert and the owner of Spruce 0132 Garrett Anderson will join us live with unique and creative ways to decorate your Christmas Tree. Spruce 0132 is located at 7952 1/2 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles 90048. For more information, click HERE or follow them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @Spruce0132. Spruce 0132 features unique holiday decor sourced from around the world and is home to Whaddayaluv Chocolate.

Transgender People Free to Enlist in U.S. Military After Federal Judge Denies DOJ Request

Last month, Marvin Garbis in Maryland wrote in a 53-page ruling that currently serving transgender service members were “already suffering harmful consequences” and prohibited the administration “from blocking those challenging the ban from completing their medically necessary surgeries.”
Another federal judge had blocked portions of Trump’s directive in October. “They are simply complying with a court order and preparing to implement a previous policy to remain in compliance. The decision means transgender people will be free to enlist in the new year. Once that panel concludes, Mattis will provide his advice to Trump on how to implement his policy direction. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the Department of Justice is “reviewing the legal options” on court ruling on transgender Americans serving in the military. Last week the Pentagon said it had established a panel of experts to propose recommendations on the issue of accepting transgender recruits following a series of ruling in federal court regarding the administration’s policy to prohibit transgender recruits. Army Colonel Sheri Swokowski prepares her uniform on July 1, 2016, at her home in DeForest, Wisconsin. A sworn statement from Lernes J. Transgender Retired U.S. “In sum, having carefully considered all of the evidence before it, the Court is not persuaded that Defendants will be irreparably injured by allowing the accession of transgender individuals into the military beginning on January 1, 2018,” Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said in her ruling. (Credit: Derek Henkle/AFP/Getty Images)
The Pentagon said it was already following a court ruling last week and is “planning to prepare to access transgender persons,” as of January 1, US Army Maj. “The Deputy Secretary of Defense and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, supported by a panel of experts, will propose consideration recommendations supported by appropriate evidence and information for the accession of transgender persons into the military,” Eastburn said in a written statement last week. That new policy is expected to be announced by March. The Department of Justice is currently reviewing the legal options to ensure that he President’s directive can be implemented,” Sanders said. 38.907192
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In his statement last week, Eastburn said the panel, which would operate per the recent court rulings, will issue findings based on “multiple considerations including military effectiveness and lethality, budgetary constraints, and applicable law.”
Shortly after Trump’s directive in August, Defense Secretary James Mattis said he would work with a panel of experts to recommend how the military should put the administration’s transgender guidance into effect. Hebert, the acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military personnel policy said ordering the policy to go into effect January 1 “will impose extraordinary burdens on the Department.”
He argued in part that if the department were compelled to accept transgender recruits, “applicants may not receive the appropriate medical and administrative accession screening necessary for someone with a complex medical condition. A federal judge on Monday declined the US government’s request to put on hold an order allowing transgender individuals to join the military beginning in January. That came just as the Justice Department asked a federal judge last Wednesday to put on hold her order requiring the military to begin allowing transgender recruits on January 1, while the department appealed her ruling to a higher court. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman said in a written statement following the ruling. So far, two federal judges have blocked key provisions of President Donald Trump’s prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the military, which was announced in August.

Riverside County Man Convicted of 22 Counts for Holding Teen Boys at His Home, Sexually Assaulting Them

Morasch also told the boy that he was affiliated with an outlaw biker gang and would have the boy killed if he outed the activities taking place at the home, officials said. At his home, Morasch sexually assaulted the victims, threatened them with violence and told them he would kill them or out them as homosexuals if they exposed the activities taking place, Garrett said. In one instance, Morasch tied the boy up and dragged him through a hallway to a bed where he sexually assaulted the boy, Garrett said. From 2005 to 2009, and from 2013 to 2014, Morasch offered employment, lavish gifts and housing to two separate, underage boys at his home in Aguanga, east of Temecula, Deputy District Attorney Marcus Garrett said in an interview. Randy John Morasch is shown in a booking photo released by the Riverside County DA’s office. There, in June 2014, he led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash. He offered the boy employment in construction and promised him ammunition to shoot guns at the home, Garrett said. The boy lived in Morasch’s home and had a relationship with Morasch for nine months before returning to his parents’ house. A Riverside County man was convicted this week of 22 counts involving the kidnapping and sexual assault of two underage boys, whom he threatened to kill and then tried to keep from cooperating with investigators, officials said. Morasch met the first victim, a 16-year-old runaway, at a feed store in 2005. In some cases, he turned the power off to the victims’ homes and was seen by people in night-vision goggles around the homes, Garrett said. The boy had a girlfriend at the time, and in one instance, Morasch went to the girlfriend’s house and forced the boy out of the home at gunpoint, Garrett said. Morasch met the second victim, a 17-year-old runaway, in 2013, when he offered the boy employment, go-karts and motorbikes, Garrett said. He was arrested and officers found a fake beard, hair dye and two handguns in the car, officials said. Randy John Morasch, 55, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole, according to a Dec. 33.442702
-116.865122 He told his parents what had taken place at the home and the family reported the crimes to law enforcement, officials said. Harrison pleaded guilty to two counts of dissuading a victim or witness. He was sentenced to six years in state prison in July. According to Garrett, after the teen moved into the home, sexual acts and assaults began to occur. He told his stepson to watch the television show “Breaking Bad” to learn how to “do it,” to “poison them,” and to “put them deep, never to be found,” the DA’s release stated. The boy lived in the home and had a relationship with Morasch for four years until leaving in 2009, Garrett said. He believed that he would go free if he could get the victims to recant their story or if they were unable to testify, officials said. Following one sexual encounter, the boy attempted to flee the home but Morasch grabbed a handgun and fired a shot over the boy’s head, Garrett said. While living at the home, the boy was forced into sexual acts and assaults. 8 Riverside County District Attorney’s Office news release. 7, a jury deliberated just 2 1/2 hours before convicting Morasch of 22 counts including kidnapping, solicitation of murder, sodomy by force or fear, oral copulation by force or fear, dissuading a victim or witness, and assault with a gun. According to court documents, Morasch has previous felony convictions: in 1997, for assault with a deadly weapon, and first-degree burglary in 1993. On Dec. At Morasch’s behest, Harrison then went to the victims’ homes and tried to intimidate them. Morasch engaged in multiple phone conversations and wrote letters to his stepson, Dennis James “DJ” Harrison, in which he detailed plans to intimidate or kill the victims. While Morasch was in custody, he devised plans to intimidate and kill his victims in an effort to keep them from testifying, officials said. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department then conducted an investigation and tried to arrest Morasch – but he rented a car and drove to Sacramento. Morasch also supplied the second boy with drugs, according to the news release.

Assistance Center for Those Affected by Creek, Rye and Skirball Fires to Be Opened by L.A. City and County Officials

The center will be open from Tuesday until Friday from 12 p.m. 5, 2017. Assistance will be offered for the following areas (in alphabetical order):
●      Animal Services
●      Building Permitting Agencies
●      Crisis Counseling/Mental Health
●      County Assessor and Tax Collector
●      Consumer and Business Affairs
●      Fire, Forestry and Public Safety
●      Health & Human Services
●      Housing Assistance
●      Insurance
●      Public Health
●      Public Works and Sanitation Agencies
●      Tax Relief
●      Veterans’ Affairs
Translation services and free parking are expected to be available at the center, which will be ADA-compliant, officials said. The center is described by local officials as a “one-stop shop” where those affected by the wildfires can get information and services — for everything from tax relief to building permits — from nonprofits, government agencies and utility companies, according to a news release. Related stories

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Breathing Safely: Public Health Officials Offer Tips to Residents in SoCal Wildfire Areas Those needing information about fire relief assistance can also call 2-1-1 to reach county officials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. County and a few smaller portions of Ventura County, where the Thomas Fire that burned over 230,000 acres first started. A center expected to offer counseling, help with insurance claims and animal services among other assistance to those affected by the Creek, Rye and Skirball fires will open Tuesday as part of a joint effort between Los Angeles city and county officials. Residents watch as the Creek Fire burns along a hillside near homes in the Shadow Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles on Dec. to 8 p.m daily, and again on Saturday from 8 a.m. It will be hosted at the Lake View Terrance Recreation Center, located at 11075 Foothill Boulevard. (Credit: Kyle Grillot/AFP/Getty Images)
As wildfires roared across Southern California in recent days, the Creek Fire that started near Sylmar scorched over 15,000 acres while the Rye and Skirball forced the evacuations of thousands and threatened thousands of structures in L.A. until 4 p.m.

Lilac Fire in San Diego County Razes 65 Structures, 0% Contained

Valley Parkway in Escondido
• Bostonia Park & Recreation Center: 1049 Bostonia St. pic.twitter.com/YYy7zrfeqG
— SDFD (@SDFD) December 8, 2017

San Diego County's Lilac fire explodes to 4,100 acres https://t.co/ufJvi6lEKy pic.twitter.com/6rUqhwoozE
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 8, 2017

Updated #LilacFire shelter information: pic.twitter.com/anDN9NAoke
— SDIC Red Cross (@SDICRedCross) December 8, 2017

Closures in effect: 76 at: 15, Old Highway 395, Olive Hill Rd, Gird Rd, East Vista Way, Guajome Lake Rd, College Ave, Many street closures. A statewide emergency declaration had previously been issued by Gov. Video from our Strike team at the #LilacFire No fires in city of SD now but please be prepared. Mission Road
• North of Highway 76
Shelters were open to humans and pets at:
• Palomar College: 1440 W. Power remains out. Evacuation was mandatory for areas including:
• West Lilac Road and Sullivan Middle School
• South of Burma Road
• East of Wilshire
• North of N. 8, 2017. The flames carved an unpredictable path through vegetation and homes alike and burned so intensely metal from destroyed vehicles’ hubcaps melted into a stream pouring down driveways. #cawx #laweather #SoCal #Thomasfire #Creekfire #Ryefire #Skirballfire pic.twitter.com/TNLLrsKVcm
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 8, 2017

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As Wildfires Rage Across SoCal, 2 People Are Burned and 20 Structures Destroyed in San Diego County’s Lilac Fire Closures expected to remain for another day. (Credit: David McNew / Getty Images)
Additional shelters at Oceanside High School and Stagecoach Community Park were at capacity, Red Cross officials said. The Sheriff’s Department had issued more than 100,000 alert notifications in connection with the fire, Gore added. Residents working through the recovery process can also contact countyfirerecovery@sdcounty.ca.gov. Mandatory evacuations remained in place for around 10,000 area residents, and some were warned to be ready to leave their homes at a moments’ notice. (Credit: KTLA)
Strong winds were blowing the flames east on Friday, and dry brush combined with low humidity meant they could spread swiftly. Ready, Set, Go! guide is available in Eng/Span at https://t.co/NIVx33Axiv Don’t wait until fire like this is at your doorstep. About 900 people were being housed in area shelters, an estimated 10 percent of total evacuees, according to San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore. The blaze has already destroyed 65 structures since breaking out Thursday morning in Bonsall, between Carlsbad and Temecula, according to Cal Fire. Two firefighters were also injured, Cal Fire said. The Lilac Fire raging in San Diego County was zero percent contained Friday morning but hadn’t grown overnight, holding at 4,100 acres, officials said. in El Cajon
A structure burns in the Lilac Fire in the early morning hours of Dec. Residents were urged to prepare with flashlights, batteries, battery operated radio and a phone that doesn’t require electricity. About 150 law enforcement personnel were assigned to patrol road closures and ensure neighborhoods remained secure, Gore said. More than 1,000 homes in Bonsall, San Louis Rey, Vista and Oceanside were still under threat, along with several businesses, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Crews were still working just to stay ahead of the forward progress, according to Cal Fire Capt. Kendall Bortisser. Jerry Brown. Officials said residents can sign up to receive alerts at ReadySanDiego.org, though the website was down Friday morning. “When the Santa Ana winds come in, there’s no stopping them.”
Four civilians have been hurt, at least two of them burned, but officials have not provided details on their injuries or conditions. Mission Road in San Marcos
• East Valley Community Center: 2245 E. Additional information can be found at SDCountyEmergency.com and SDCountyRecovery.com. Updates can also be obtained on Twitter via @ReadySanDiego or in Spanish via @ListoSanDiego. Extreme fire danger would linger through Sunday due to the intense Santa Ana winds expected to continue bellowing through Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the National Weather Service said. Leave early. River Road
• West of S. Across the county, 20,000 people were without power, which could cut off the water supply for some with well water. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
This is a developing wildfire story. 8, 2017, near Bonsall. On Friday, crews were working to stop forward progress near the 15 Freeway and Highway 76. On Thursday, FEMA approved the use of federal funding to combat the Lilac Fire. Please check back for updates. Mission Avenue
• South of Renche Road
• West of the 15 Freeway
• East of Green Canyon Road and S. A Bonsall neighborhood is seen after being charred in the Lilac Fire on Dec. The Del Mar Fairgrounds were also open for large animals. The San Diego County Office of Education released a list of school closures:
• Bella Mente Montessori Academy
• Bonsall Unified School District
• Carlsbad Unified School District
• Classical Academy and Classical Academy High School
• Coastal Academy
• Epiphany Prep: Escondido
• Escondido Charter High School
• Fallbrook Union Elementary School District
• Fallbrook Union High School District
• Guajome Park Academy
• Heritage K-8
• Julian Union Elementary School District
• Julian Union High School District
• Momentum Learning juvenile court and community schools (operated by SDCOE: Youth Day Center, Breaking Cycles North County, Innovations Academy of Empowerment, North County Technology Academy)
• Mountain Empire Unified School District
• North County Academy
• North County Trade Tech High School
• Oceanside Unified School District
• San Marcos Unified School District
• Scholarship Prep
• Spencer Valley School District
• Vista Unified School District
• Warner Unified School District
Classes were also canceled on Friday at all schools in the Temecula Valley Unified School District, as both the Liberty and Lilac fires raged nearby. #SDCaltransAlert
— Caltrans San Diego (@SDCaltrans) December 8, 2017

Extreme fire danger due to the long duration #SantaAnaWinds is expected to continue across much of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties through Sunday. The Legoland Resort in Carlsbad announced it was also shuttered Friday out of consideration for employees who were impacted. Friday marks the fifth day since wildfires began ravaging Southern California, and President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency surrounding the numerous incidents spanning hundreds of square miles. “When a hurricane hits the east coast, there’s no stopping it,” he said.

Residents Evacuated from 15,000-Acre Creek Fire Near Sylmar Return Home to Assess the Damage

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Firefighters battle the Creek Fire as it burns near a church in Sylmar. Kathy Sanborn speaks to KTLA on Dec. “I’m waiting to get back into my house,” Kathy Sanborn said Friday morning. Tuesday and burned through 15,323 acres before it was 40 percent contained as of Friday morning, Cal Fire officials said. Evacuation Zones:
Limekiln Canyon remains closed, including Santiago Estates
Shadow Hills area north of Sunland Boulevard, and Ebey Canyon and Doane Canyon are open to residents only
Road Closures:
Limekiln Canyon remains closed at Gavina Avenue at Tibbetts Street and Harding Street at Maclay Street
Little Tujunga from mile marker 19.5 to Sand Canyon at Placerita Canyon also remains closed
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Most Affected by Creek Fire in Sylmar Area Will Be Allowed to Return Home; Blaze 20 Percent Contained
Creek Fire Burns 12,605 Acres; Mandatory Evacuation Order to Continue Overnight 8, 2017, about coming home after she was evacuated due to the ongoing Creek Fire that’s burned through 15,000 acres. (Credit: KTLA)
“We actually had to sneak in through this community last night,” said Ted Villanueva. Anyone needing information can contact the Creek Incident Information Line at 626-574-5208. Please find info below regarding evacuations, evacuation centers, animal shelters & road closures. Along with the Skirball Fire in the Brentwood area, it triggered the closure of 265 schools across the Los Angeles Unified School District in the San Fernando Valley as nearly 2,300 firefighters battled the quickly growing blaze. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles County due to the Creek Fire and nearby wildfires and President Donald Trump has declared an emergency in California, with federal assistance from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency expected to go toward fire relief efforts. “Three days out of my house, I’m trying to get home,” said John Rosas, who couldn’t drive to his home due to a road blockage. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Most of the residents evacuated when the 15,000-acre Creek Fire took hold near Sylmar earlier this week were able to return to their homes Thursday evening and Friday, although some were still waiting to find out how bad the damage was. “And we’re getting to leave this morning, but we don’t know if we’ll be able to get back in tonight.”
Meanwhile, Sanborn said she didn’t have much clothes or other necessities with her when she rushed out of her home to escape the approaching fire days earlier. “I understand there’s been some damage to it, but I don’t know how extensive. Conditions such as “high winds” and “steep, rugged terrain” have made the fire difficult to contain, Cal Fire officials said. UPDATE: #CreekFire Acrerage 15,323 & Containment is now 40%. Gov. And the Santa Ana winds in the area are expected to keep up strong gusts of 50 to 70 mph. Meanwhile, a number of roads remained closed as firefighters continued trying to put out remnants of the wildfire as evacuations were lifted — making the homecoming difficult for some. And I have been out since 5 o’clock Tuesday morning.”
The wildfire broke out at around 3:45 a.m. With 15 structures destroyed and 15 damaged, at least five homes were lost in the blaze. @LAFD @Angeles_NF @CAL_FIRE @LASDHQ @LAPDHQ pic.twitter.com/2UbH2moKSw
— LACounty Fire PIO (@LACoFDPIO) December 8, 2017

As some evacuees were able to return home later in the week, some neighborhoods such as in parts of Shadow Hills were open to residents only. “I have things that I probably wouldn’t have left in the house if I hadn’t been so panicked.”
Even with the wildfire reaching higher containment, it is still expected to impact those living in areas such as Lake View Terrace, Shadow Hills, Sylmar, Santa Clarita, Glendale and Pacoima, officials said. I don’t have things that I need,” she said. “I don’t have clothes. “They got orders to not open it [the road] because there’s a hot spot up there, they’re saying.”
Another local resident said he couldn’t get into his neighborhood the night before and worries he won’t be able to come and go later.

Bodycam Footage Captures Atlanta Officers’ Dramatic Rescue of Victims in Life-Threatening Car Fire

McCall, Brooks as well as officers Derek Daniel and Andre Valentine joined the battle to break into the burning car. But they didn’t. “Once we exhausted all the fire extinguishers and pretty much busted out all of the windows, at a certain point you feel helpless,” he said. Lucky break
It was right about then when officer Daniel remembered something. “I realized that we did have an old can of water in the back of our trunks.”
Grabbing their emergency water supplies, the officers poured it onto the burning car as a last line of defense. Atlanta firefighters were on the way. Just watching it your heart accelerates and you can sense a prickle of adrenaline. Officer Elijah McCall admits he had expected to find a simple accident. All Brooks felt was frustration. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in seconds, but even using pneumatic tools took hours to free the driver and passenger — who survived. “For me it was one of the most traumatic scenes I have ever been on,” Brooks said. ‘This was really real and we had to act fast’
Officer Bill Brooks took it all in as he and three other backup officers arrived. Time. “We were praying at one point.” Officer Valentine admitted. You feel and sense their desperation and determination through the body camera Officer Michael Skillman was wearing. It’s more than people saying the men are heroes. Frustration
They succeed — only to find the victims’ legs trapped beneath the dashboard and the officers have no tools to free them. Instead they went from trying to get the men out, to trying to keep the flames from getting the men. He attacks the car’s windows with his baton trying to open an escape. Moments later the fire department arrived. Five empty fire extinguishers later, the flames were still burning, McCall recalled. Thanks to a body camera, you can see it. The officers could have just backed off and waited. “You can’t get them out and you can feel the heat from the flames on your arms as you are trying to pull them out,” said Brooks. A car with two men inside has slammed into a bridge abutment, flames pour from under the hood. The doors are jammed and Officer Skillman’s fire extinguisher empties — with no effect. 33.748995
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Many Allowed to Return Home as Liberty Fire Burning Near Murrieta Reaches 60% Containment

One structure and six outbuildings destroyed had been destroyed by Friday morning, though no injuries were reported, officials said. A photo taken above Temecula shows the Liberty Fire in the Murrieta area on Dec. 7, 2017. Some animal shelters had also closed, but Animal Friends of the Valley Shelter at 33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar was open and the Murrieta Equestrian Center at 42670 Juniper St. #cawx #laweather #SoCal #Thomasfire #Creekfire #Ryefire #Skirballfire pic.twitter.com/TNLLrsKVcm
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 8, 2017

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Liberty Fire Scorches 300 Acres in Murrieta Area; 1 Structure Destroyed The shelter at Great Oak High School was closed but Murrieta Mesa High School, located at 24801 Monroe Ave., remained open as an evacuee reception facility. Evacuations were lifted for all residents except those in the area of Los Alamos Road between Ruth Ellen Way and Briggs Road, and MacLean and Golden Eagle avenues. Friday marks the fifth day since wildfires began ravaging Southern California, and President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency surrounding the numerous incidents spanning hundreds of square miles. Fire danger would remain high through Sunday due to intense Santa Ana winds that would continue to cut through Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the National Weather Service said. in Murrieta was accepting large animals. A statewide emergency declaration had previously been issued by Gov. (Credit: Matthew King)
The fire did not grow overnight and was 60 percent contained after breaking out the previous afternoon in an unincorporated area near Los Alamos and Liberty roads, according to the Murrieta Fire Department. Extreme fire danger due to the long duration #SantaAnaWinds is expected to continue across much of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties through Sunday. Jerry Brown. Some evacuation orders were lifted on Friday for Murrieta residents displaced by the Liberty Fire, which has burned 300 acres in Riverside County. A repopulation plan was being developed, city fire officials said. Classes were canceled on Friday at all schools in the Temecula Valley Unified School District due to continuing complications and poor air quality from both the Liberty and Lilac fires, officials said.

6,049-Acre Rye Fire Reaches 35% Containment; Over 5,000 Structures Threatened

“We want our residents in Los Angeles County to be vigilant. 15. On Friday, firefighters will focus on putting out hot spots, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. The Rye Fire continued to rage out of control in the Santa Clarita area on Dec. “No fire growth was observed overnight,” officials said Friday morning. One of the 900 firefighters battling the blaze suffered an injury. 34.391664
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Rye Fire Burning in Santa Clarita Threatens Nearby Simi Valley, Remains 5 Percent Contained Days after the wildfire first started, throughout Thursday night, firefighters were able to stop the spread. Scott Miller said. UPDATE: #RyeFire in #SantaClarita 6,049 acres & is 35% contained pic.twitter.com/YZseZ66kqS
— LACounty Fire PIO (@LACoFDPIO) December 8, 2017

The fire had triggered the evacuation of 5,000 people from about 1,300 homes, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Fire officials said full containment of the fire is expected in about a week, on Dec. (Credit: KTLA)
The Rye Fire that broke out in Santa Clarita on Monday has burned through over 6,000 acres and reached 35 percent containment after destroying at least one structure and threatening just over 5,400, fire officials said Friday. We still have high winds and a chance for ember casts,” Miller said. 5, 2017.

Holiday Safety for Your Pets With Veterinarian Doc Halligan

Use Christmas tree decorations wisely. This is important throughout the year, but especially during the holidays because there’s a greater risk of your pet escaping when your guests come and go. Never put ribbon or yarn around your pet’s neck. Never give your pets bones. Be absolutely certain that pets have current I.D. Be aware of what your pet is playing with. They’ll feel safer and less stressed. Do not allow your pets to play with items not specifically made for cats and dogs—such as plastic or foil wrapping, and six-pack beverage holders. So, before you start celebrating, spend some time planning and preparing for the well-being of your cat or dog to keep them safe from holiday dangers. This will prevent the tree from toppling over should your pet decide to jump on it. Pets may swallow the tasty packaging, which can be disastrous. Some holiday plants such as holly, lilies, mistletoe and hibiscus are toxic to pets, so make sure they’re out of their reach. These easy steps will help:

Try to keep pets on their regular schedule for feeding and exercise as much as possible. Keep pets away from candles—they can tip them over or get burned. Provide plenty of love and attention, so they don’t feel left out. Hang tinsel, garland, ribbons and flashing lights higher on the tree where pets cannot see or reach them
Pick up any ornament hooks, tinsel or ribbon that fall on the floor immediately Medications not meant for pets can be very harmful. The Lucy Pet Foundation Spay and Neuter Bus will be at Superior Grocers in LA on Friday, December 8 from 10am-4pm (10211 Avalon Blvd) and Saturday, December 9 at Food 4 Less from 10am-4pm in Hawthorne (14500 Ocean Gate Ave), For more information click HERE. Playing, soft music, especially classical, also helps them to relax. Advise overnight guests to keep prescription and nonprescription medications out of reach. Don’t feed them holiday treats or leftovers, and make sure they can’t get to candies and snacks. Christmas tree water may contain fertilizers or bacteria that can upset pets’ stomachs and lead to vomiting or diarrhea. Lights can cause electrical burns, electrocution or choking if pets chew or play with them. Holiday spikes in pet accidents are largely due to changes in routine, amplified stress, more household traffic and eating unfamiliar foods. tags on at all times. Ham and other meats may come packaged with string wrapped around them.  
More Christmas tree advice:

If you have a live Christmas tree, keep the water stand covered or purchase a water container that doesn’t allow pets access ( I can demonstrate how to make a cover from a yoga mat)
If you can’t cover or hide electrical cords try putting bitter-apple spray on them to prevent pets from chewing on the cords
To keep pets away from the tree place a barrier such as an exercise pen, sold at pet stores, around the tree
Keep pets in a separate room when you are not home to avoid any tree mishaps
Decorate the bottom third of the tree with non-breakable, plastic or wooden ornaments as shark breakable ornaments are very dangerous to pets or decorate only the top two-thirds of your tree. If you’re serving turkey, make sure you tie up the carcass in a plastic bag and dispose of it outside. Keep ribbons, rubber bands, flower arrangements, electrical cords and all holiday decorations away from curious pets. Karen Halligan
Pretty decorations and lavish meals play an important part in most holiday celebrations, but what may seem harmless and fun for you and your guests may be very harmful to your pets. If ingested, they can damage their intestines. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
Renowned veterinarian, author, and celebrity spokesperson Karen “Doc” Halligan and the Chief Veterinary Officer of The Lucy Pet Foundation joined us live holiday safety tips for your pets. For more safety tips from Doc Halligan, see the tips below. Safely secure Christmas trees to a wall or ceiling. Icicles and tinsel are often irresistible to pets, especially cats, and if ingested they can cause blockages in their intestinal tract. Holiday Hazards
By Dr. And caution others (both kids and adults) not to give your pets anything except their normal treats. Cooked bones splinter and can be fatal to pets. When there’s a party, put your pets in a separate room with some toys and a soft place to lie.

About 25 Horses Die After Lilac Fire Sweeps Through San Luis Rey Downs Training Site

It was originally estimated that 25 horses died in the fire or of fire-related injuries, although some on the scene fear it will go higher than 30. A day after the devastating fire that swept through part of the San Luis Rey Downs training site, saddened and sickened horsemen were trying to keep up their spirits amid a blackened area that one trainer described as a war scene. 8, 2017, near Bonsall. (Credit: David McNew / Getty Images)
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Lilac Fire in San Diego County Razes 65 Structures, 0% Contained
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As Wildfires Rage Across SoCal, 2 People Are Burned and 20 Structures Destroyed in San Diego County’s Lilac Fire As a precaution, some horses were being transported to Del Mar in the morning and early afternoon, some 35 miles away from this north San Diego County property, but no one expected the speed with which the fire would hit. Read the full story on LATimes.com. The threat was there but not menacing, until it hit. “It went from one minute being, ‘Yeah, we’re going to be OK,’ to ‘Oh, my God, what are we going to do?’” said trainer Doug O’Neill, who was repeating the words of his chief assistant Leandro Mora, who was there when the fire hit. Horses that survived the Lilac Fire in their stalls are loaded onto a trailer in the early morning hours of Dec.

Legoland California in Carlsbad Closed Due to Wildfire

Also Thursday, the Liberty Fire broke out near Murrieta and prompted school closures and evacuations. The 4,100-acre Lilac Fire broke out Thursday in the Bonsall area, about 15 miles northwest of Legoland California. “The safety of our employees and guests is always our top priority,” the park said in a tweet. SEA LIFE aquarium and LEGOLAND Hotel will remain open. The Legoland Hotel and Sea Life aquarium will remain open Friday, the park said. The safety of our employees and guests is always our top priority. Some 10,000 people are affected by evacuation orders. The entrance to Legoland California theme park next to North America's first ever Legoland Hotel at Legoland on Sept. Friday. The Carlsbad amusement park announced the closure about 9:30 a.m. 17, 2013, in Carlsbad. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Legoland will be closed Friday “out of consideration” for workers who are affected by wildfires raging in San Diego and southern Riverside counties. #Update: LEGOLAND will be closed today out of consideration for our employees who are affected by the recent fires. That blaze, which was 60 percent contained Friday after burning 300 acres, is about 35 miles north-northwest of Legoland. About 65 structures have burned in the Lilac Fire, authorities said Friday. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Legoland California in Carlsbad Closed Due to Wildfire

The entrance to Legoland California theme park next to North America's first ever Legoland Hotel at Legoland on Sept. — LEGOLAND California (@LEGOLAND_CA) December 8, 2017

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Lilac Fire in San Diego County Razes 65 Structures, 0% Contained 17, 2013, in Carlsbad.

Fierce Dry Winds to Blame for Turning 2017 Wildfires Into Horrific Infernos

It was yet another in the string of harrowing wildfires that are searing 2017 into the state’s record books. Turbulent winds interact with intense heat rising over the wildfire and this interaction creates a whirlwind, very similar to a dust devil. Here is amazing footage of a 'firenado' over the #ThomasFire. What’s more, it has been a good eight months since a decent rainfall soaked the chaparral hillsides. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

When Forest Service meteorologist Tom Rolinski heard that a wildfire had broken out Monday evening in Ventura County, he knew it was going to be bad. Santa Barbara Battalion Chief Jim McCoy calls for support as he monitors spot fires on the Ocean side of the 101 Freeway at Faria Beach. By Thursday morning, the Thomas fire had scorched nearly 100,000 acres and destroyed scores of homes in the Ventura area. pic.twitter.com/77h7Xo1AFz
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Thomas Fire Grows to More Than 200 Square Miles, Forces Evacuations From Ventura to Santa Barbara Counties
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Thomas Fire in Ventura County Could Drag on for Weeks Due to Strong Santa Ana Winds, Dry Conditions: Officials EXTREME fire threat Thursday all the way from Ventura County to the Mexican border. First time that extensive since 2007. Read the full story on LATimes.com. “Fires will spread very rapidly in these conditions and basically will be uncontrollable,” Rolinski said. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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Fierce Dry Winds to Blame for Turning 2017 Wildfires Into Horrific Infernos

Santa Barbara Battalion Chief Jim McCoy calls for support as he monitors spot fires on the Ocean side of the 101 Freeway at Faria Beach. The Thomas fire started in a known wind corridor on the first day of dry Santa Ana winds that are expected to buffet Southern California through the weekend. @sawti_forecast
— Bettina Boxall (@boxall) December 7, 2017

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