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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.

Illustration courtesy ESO/M. Kornmesser

The discovery of a previously unknown planet just a little larger than Earth, in our closet neighboring star system is creating headlines around the world. The find has researchers excited, because the planet might be cool enough that it has water, and possibly conditions making life possible. While researchers around the world were involved in the confirmation of the existence of what’s been named as Proxima B, perhaps nowhere is there as much excitement as there is in Santa Barbara County right now. That’s because the global telescope network operated by the Goleta-based Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, as well as some of its researchers were involved in the project.

(Los Padres National Forest Map)

Containment is now up to 39% on Santa Barbara County's Rey wildfire, and firefighters are hoping to take advantage of milder weather in the forecast for the next few days to continue to make progress.

The week old blaze in the Los Padres National Forest has charred more than 31,000 acres. The fire began last Thursday afternoon, threatening some of the scattered homes and ranches in the Paradise Road area before pushing into wilderness areas. No structures have been reported damaged.

Firefighters continue to make progress this morning towards full containment of Santa Barbara County’s Rey Wildfire.

The nearly week old blaze has charred more than 31,000 acres, and is 37% contained. Aircraft are helping to slow the spread of the flames. 15 helicopters, as well as some air tankers as needed are being used to target hot spots, and to help ground crews establish containment lines.

The fire began last Thursday afternoon, threatening some of the scattered homes and ranches in the Paradise Road area before pushing into wilderness areas.

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