In the dark of night, Thomas Tighe saw two vehicles slowly being swept away by a river of mud and debris flowing down the road in front of his house in Montecito, California.
Among the army of firefighters who have been protecting neighborhoods at the front lines of Southern California's monstrous wildfire are small teams hired by insurance companies to provide personalized prevention and protection for threatened homeowners.
California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives.
Firefighters finally eked out progress on the titanic task of cutting fire lines around one of the biggest blazes in California history.
The winds aren't changing for Southern California's wildfires yet.
Officials say the largest, most destructive wildfire burning in Southern California is expected to grow as it enters its second week.
Authorities say children played and slept surrounded by pounds of cocaine at a Los Angeles day care center used as a drug trafficking hub.