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(Photo by Mike Eliason, SB County Fire Department)

The Rey brush fire in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County continues to grow, with the latest figures showing more than 13,000 acres has been burned.

The fire is now 10% contained.  More than 500 firefighters aided by helicopters and fixed wing aircraft are battling the blaze, which is burning in rugged mountains off of Paradise Road in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Los Padres National Forest Photo

A wildfire burning in the Los Padres National Forest of Santa Barbara County has quickly grown to nearly 11,000 acres, and containment has dropped to just 10%.

Mike Eliason of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department said 500 firefighters are working to control the Rey Fire, but it’s not easy.

Ventura County has confirmed its first case of Zika virus.

Ventura County Public Health officials say the virus was confirmed with a female who’s not suspected of being pregnant. Officials say the symptoms were mild, and the woman didn’t need to be admitted to a hospital.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, SBCFD)

A brush fire in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County has grown to 2700 acres.

The Rey fire broke out at around 3 p.m. Thursday near the White Rock Picnic Area, off of Paradise Road. It's in a rugged backcountry area of the Santa Ynez Valley. A number of campers were evacuated from the area, and evacuation orders were issued for some of the scattered homes, and ranches. No structures have been reported damaged, with the fire 20% contained.

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

A brush fire in the Los Padres National Forest, in the back country of the Santa Ynez Valley that prompted hundreds of evacuations Thursday is now 20% contained.

The Rey fire broke out at around 3 p.m. near the White Rock Picnic Area, off of Paradise Road. The huge cloud of smoke from the 600 acre blaze was visible from the Santa Barbara area, as well as Solvang and Santa Ynez.

A bill authored by a state senator from Santa Barbara to help disabled veterans keep their new jobs in education has been passed by the state legislature, and is now on the Governor’s desk awaiting his action.

SB 1180 gives disabled veterans who are new school employees extra sick leave so they can attend VA and other medical appointments without endangering their jobs. Depending on the position, the veterans would be eligible for 10 to 12 days of medical leave during their first year of employment.

The Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriff's Association says it's been told that a new schedule for deputies now calls for 12 hour shifts over four days.

In a normal pay period, that adds up to 96 hours over two weeks, including 16 hours of mandatory scheduled overtime.

Smoke billowed up from the Santa Ynez Valley Wednesday afternoon when a cabin went up in flames at the Zaca Lake resort.

The site is several miles away from Los Olivos, and is privately owned.

Fire crew from Santa Barbara county stopped the flames from spreading very far, but about five acres burned near the cabin.

A Los Angeles man will spend the rest of his life in prison, after being sentenced in Ventura County for molesting five children.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say Luis Manuel Gonzales molested a child while visiting relatives at their home in Camarillo in November of 2013. An investigation was started, and two additional victims were discovered, leading to his arrest in March of 2014. Detectives say as the investigation continued, two additional molestation victims were discovered, bringing the total to five.

The Goleta Valley Community Center will keep its doors open and lights on for thousands of citizens for at least the next two years.

The Goleta City Council worked out a lease agreement with the nonprofit running the site.

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