If there's any positive to come from the tragic fires sweeping Lake Tahoe, it's LATimes.com coverage.
Under the direction of Times.com Exec. Editor Meredith Artley, breaking news online no longer means publishing a full, 10-inch story with updates tagged on as the story progresses. I heard her say at the NAHJ conference recently that the web isn't a wire service, so why not write out the story as it unfolds?
Have a look at what her team is accomplishing via a breaking news blog. There are maps, video and interactive elements, too - but check out the blog first. Readers are commenting. This is the way newspapers should handle breaking news events.