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A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department patrol car smashed into an ambulance, leaving four people injured.

The accident happened just after 6 p.m. Saturday, on Calle Real at Old Mill Road in Goleta. The ambulance was taking an injured jail inmate to a hospital. It slowed as a light at an intersection changed from green to yellow, and a deputy following behind in a patrol car rear-ended the ambulance.

The deputy was injured, as were two medical team members, and a second deputy in the ambulance.

Photo by Tracy O (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons

The woolly mammoth and other extinct animals may someday be brought back to life, and UC Santa Barbara scientists are thinking about how to make de-extinction more ecologically responsible.

It may be just a matter of time before genetic engineering and cloning are used to resurrect extinct species.

“We want to make sure that it works in a way that doesn’t make curiosities for zoos but a way that does something that is meaningful and healthy for ecosystems,” UCSB assistant professor Douglas McCauley said.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department

The 1400 firefighters battling a large wildfire burning in Santa Barbara County are getting a better handle on it.

Officials say the 33,000-acre Rey Fire in the Los Padres National Forest has moved up to 54-percent containment and has not spread since Friday. Crews are concentrating on securing and mopping up the remaining uncontained fireline on the northeast corner of the fire.

Two suspects believed to be responsible for a large number of “window smash” car burglaries on the Central Coast have been busted.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say deputies arrested 24-year-old Daniel Castro and 19-year-old Salvador Perez following a month-long investigation. Detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying a third suspect.

(Los Padres National Forest photo)

Efforts to contain Santa Barbara County's Rey wildfire got a big boost on Friday, going from 39% to 46%. The blaze in the Los Padres National Forest has charred more than 33,000 acres. The fire began August 18th, threatening some of the scattered homes and ranches in the Paradise Road area before pushing into wilderness areas. No structures have been reported damaged. Paradise Road, which was closed for nearly a week, reopened last night to residents. It remains closed to the general public. The goal is to have full containment of fire around the middle of this coming week.

They’re members of what’s known as “The Greatest Generation." 

They are the men and women who rallied during World War Two to help the U.S., and its allies defeat Germany and Japan. But, with most of them now in their 90’s, age is catching up with them, and hundreds are dying daily. An 18 year old Conejo Valley man is on a one man crusade to try to preserve their stories before they are gone.

Legislation inspired by concern that autopsies were being performed by Ventura County staff members not properly accredited to conduct them has inspired a proposed new state law which is now on the governor’s desk for his consideration.

(Los Padres National Forest map)

There was a little growth in Santa Barbara County's Rey wildfire overnight, but it still remains at 39% containment.

The blaze in the Los Padres National Forest has now charred more than 33,000 acres. The fire began August 18th, threatening some of the scattered homes and ranches in the Paradise Road area before pushing into wilderness areas. No structures have been reported damaged. Paradise Road, which was closed for nearly a week, reopened last night to residents. It remains closed to the general public.

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

A bird hitting a power line is being blamed for starting a brush fire which caused a scare in Santa Barbara County.

The blaze north of Highway 101 on the Gaviota coastline near Refugio Canyon started at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. It charred just under 20 acres of brush before firefighters could get the upper hand on it about two hours later.

There was initially concern about some homes and ranches in the Venadito Canon area being threatened, but no structures were damaged by what was called the Bar Fire.

Ventura County had its first confirmed case of Zika virus earlier this month.  Now, there’s word Santa Barbara County has a confirmed case.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department officials say a pregnant woman contracted the virus while traveling in Central America. Because of patient privacy concerns, additional details about the case aren’t being confirmed.

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