Santa Margarita sex offender charged with starting Hill Fire

San Luis Obispo County prosecutors have charged a 75-year-old man and registered sex offender with starting last year’s Hill Fire near Santa Margarita that destroyed four homes including actor Johnny Galecki’s ranch.

David Lynn Macagni of Santa Margarita faces a single misdemeanor charge of recklessly causing a fire of a structure or forest. Read More …

70-year-old woman killed in Thomas Fire

Authorities have confirmed the first death as a result of the approximately 150,000-acre Thomas Fire in Ventura County. The victim was a 70-year-old woman.

Virginia Pesola, of Santa Paula, was reportedly found dead inside a burned car near Ojai. Pesola was involved in a traffic accident while evacuating, and she died of blunt force injuries combined with terminal smoke inhalation and thermal injuries, a medical examiner said. Read More …