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Fires continue across southern California and more: 5 Things to Know for Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Posted at 5:41 AM, Dec 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-08 08:07:33-05

DENVER – Good morning! Here’s what you need to know today, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017.

1. Fires continue to rage in California; threatens town
The biggest and most destructive of the windblown fires raking Southern California endangers the scenic mountain town of Ojai, known for its boutique hotels and New Age spiritual retreats.

2. How immigration pattern is changing
Since bottoming out in April, the number of immigrants caught at the United States' southern border has been increasing monthly, potentially auguring an end to the so-called "Trump effect."

3. CU Boulder scientists instruments going to space
Scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed two space instruments that will measure light energy from the sun and they could be headed for space this Friday. UPDATE: Today's launch has been delayed; they'll try again on Dec. 12.

4. Colorado State Capitol Annex building closed through Monday
The Colorado State Capitol Annex building will be closed Friday due to a small fire in the housing of one of the building's primary HVAC units. The building houses the Colorado Department of Revenue. 

5. Warmer Friday
Warmer weather will return on Friday as skies clear during the morning and temperatures bounce back into the 50 on the plains. In the mountains, skies will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the 30s to low 40s.