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A heat wave which could lead to near record to record high temperatures for the Central and South Coasts is underway.

It’s not expected to be quite as hot as the heat wave earlier this month, but highs could be in the upper 80’s to low 90’s on the coast. The valleys and foothills could be in the upper 90’s to around 105 degrees.

Photo by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

College students on the Central Coast helped a disabled man participate in a triathlon over the weekend.

Twenty-four-year-old Joseph Cornelius who has cerebral palsy and can’t walk nor talk was able to complete the San Luis Obispo Triathlon with his father on Sunday thanks to a group of engineering students. These Cal Poly San Luis Obispo students built a safe and comfortable trailer that connects to a bicycle so that Joseph could ride as his father, John, cycled.

Santa Barbara County’s annual crop report is now out, and it shows despite some losses from the Thomas Fire, the numbers are still up substantially.

The county’s crops hit $1.59 billion dollars in 2017, up $163 million dollars from 2016.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Santa Barbara County firefighters are getting close to fully containing a brush fire on the Central Coast. The 110-acre Windmill Fire near Buellton is now 80% contained.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Firefighters in Santa Barbara County are getting a handle on a brush fire on the Central Coast.

The 110-acre Windmill Fire west of Buellton near Highway 246 is now 40% contained.

Unemployment is on the rise along the South and Central Coast.

The California Employment Development Department is reporting a jobless rate of 4% in Ventura County last month, which is up 0.8% from May. In Santa Barbara County, the unemployment rate of 3.1% in May jumped to 3.9% in June. And, in San Luis Obispo County, the percentage of people unemployed was 3.3% in June, an increase of 0.8% from a month earlier.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Santa Barbara County firefighters are getting the upper hand on a 110 acre brush fire in the central part of the county.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. Friday on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton. The blaze is burning in light grass. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger.

A tow truck driver has been sentenced to two years in prison for a fatal hit and run collision in Ventura County which left a teenage boy dead.

Hermin Martin Trujillo Henderson was driving eastbound on Telegraph Road in Ventura when he struck Jonathan Hernandez at the Saticoy Avenue intersection. The 14 year old boy died at the scene.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Santa Barbara County firefighters now say they have 20% containment of a 100 acre brush fire in the central part of the county.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. Friday on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton. The blaze is burning in light grass. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger, but residents of the Bobcat Springs area have been alerted of the potential for problems should the fire continue to grow.

A man authorities say shot himself to death in the bathroom of a South Coast beauty salon may be a wanted serial bank robber.

A man armed with a gun robbed a Goleta bank just before 11 this morning. A few minutes later, a man showed up at a salon on the 100 block of Carlo Drivea and asked to use a restroom. When he failed to come out, employees called 911.

Empathy is an important part of nursing that’s difficult to teach. But now nursing students on the South Coast are using technology to learn how to empathize with their patients. Virtual reality is helping students step in their patients’ shoes.

A historic Santa Barbara County church which was built in the 1890’s has been damaged, after a car smashed into it.

It happened at about 12:30 Friday morning, in Los Olivos. CHP officers say a car speeding northbound on Santa Barbara Avenue, near Alamo Pintado failed to stop at a stop sign, and plunged into Los Olivos Baptist Church. The building suffered major damage.

The 22 year old Solvang woman driving the car suffered some minor cuts. She was arrested on a DUI charge.

A brush fire has burned more than 30 acres of brush in central Santa Barbara County Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported just after 2 p.m. on the 1000 block of Highway 246, west of Buellton.  The blaze is burning in light grass, and no structures are reported to be in immediate danger.

However, residents of the Bobcat Springs area have been alerted of the potential for problems should the fire continue to grow.  Firefighters are using aircraft in their efforts to contain the blaze.  There's no word on the cause yet.

A Central Coast community is getting a major grant for work to help reduce future flooding from rainfall.

FEMA has awarded the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Water Conservation District $3 million dollars to do work on the Arroyo Grande Creek flood plain.

(Photo by Dave Zaniboni, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

Firefighters say it’s taking a little longer than expected to get full containment of a 70 plus acre brush fire on the Central Coast, but they say they are getting close.

The Cruces fire begin just before noon Wednesday off of Highway 101, about three miles northwest of the Highway 1-Highway 101 interchange. It forced the shutdown of Highway 1 for about six hours, and led to brief evacuation of some nearby ranches.

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