Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times

Joseph Serna

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Joseph:

Wildfire smoke may contain harmful fungi and bacteria

Researchers are analyzing what microbes exist in the smoke and dust produced during wildfires. → Read More

How wildfires became ripe areas for right-wing conspiracy theories

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, had a baseless theory for what caused the 2018 Camp fire in California that killed 85 people: a space laser. → Read More

Winter storms in Southland threaten debris flows

The National Weather Service warns that Southern California's summer-like temperatures are petering off and wet weather will bring periods of rain, gusty winds and mountain snow through next week. → Read More

Changes caused by worsening wildfires in California forests will last centuries

California's worst wildfire season on record has already altered the state's iconic forests in ways that will be seen for centuries to come. → Read More

L.A. County coroner announces independent inquest into deputy killing of Fred Williams III in Willowbrook

It's only the second time in 30 years that the coroner's office has launched an inquest. → Read More

Critically hurt Orange County firefighters were trapped between two spot fires

A burning operation went south when winds carried embers over a containment line, causing firefighters to scramble, a report says. → Read More

State expands homeowners insurance protections to L.A. County residents around Bobcat fire

A moratorium announced last month protecting homeowners now includes ZIP codes near the Bobcat fire → Read More

Fire risk returns to Southern California as Santa Ana winds are forecast for Thanksgiving weekend

Forecasters say Santa Ana winds could blow from Santa Barbara to Orange counties starting on Thanksgiving and running through Sunday → Read More

California bans insurers from dropping coverage for 2.1 million homes in fire-stricken areas

Millions of homes are ensured coverage for another year as insurers deal with fire risks. → Read More

Irvine fire was a recipe for disaster. It became a rare victory for firefighters in grim year

The Silverado Fire in Irvine had all the markings of disaster. But no homes were lost. → Read More

They sounded the alarm about Northern California's wildfire risks, but little help arrived

As California suffers the worst fire season on record, residents complain that officials have ignored pleas to reduce fire risks. → Read More

Northern California’s Wildfire Risks were known but got Little Help

Neighbors can be uninterested or too busy to help, she said. Municipal coffers may be empty, and accessing state or federal grant dollars is a byzantine application process that sucks up any free time left after tending to work and family. → Read More

Tree branches hitting power lines may have sparked Bobcat fire, utility says

Southern California Edison says fire investigators seized their equipment and nearby tree branches → Read More

The deadly lessons of wildfire; Sonoma County improves evacuation planning

Three years after its disastrous response to the Tubbs fire, Sonoma County officials say they have found a better approach → Read More

California fire season shatters record with more than 4 million acres burned

The 2020 California fire season has become the state's biggest year for wildfires, surpassing 2018, when more than 1.8 million acres burned. → Read More

Plane crashes in flood channel between Hawthorne Airport and 105 Freeway

One person is found dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported after 9:30 a.m. Sunday. → Read More

Fires leave path of destruction across Northern California

After days of explosive wildfire growth, crews have gained a toehold on the Zogg and Glass fires chewing through parts of Northern California. → Read More

How wine country became the epicenter for fires in California

Once again, wind-driven flames tear through Santa Rosa, as wildfires besiege California's wine country. → Read More

Can technology predict wildfires? New systems attempt to better forecast their spread

Remote weather stations, satellites and supercomputers have begun to show promise as a means of predicting the spread of wildfires. → Read More

Most Californians say wildfire threat is worse, poll finds

Despite widespread agreement among California voters that wildfires now pose a greater threat, large divisions remain over role of climate change → Read More