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Firefighters say a brush fire in eastern Ventura County near Lake Sherwood is now 90% contained, but because of some hot spots it looks like it will be sometime Friday before there is full containment.

The nearly 80 acre fire broke out just before four p.m. Wednesday, burning some rugged, undeveloped hills between two housing developments.

Firefighters aided by aircraft were able to stop the spread of the flames before they could reach homes. No houses have been damaged, and no injuries reported.

The Los Angeles Rams have announced they’ll split their training time between Ventura, and Orange Counties.

The pro football team is currently building a training facility on the campus of California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. It will hold its in-season training at the new facility, as well as it spring organized training activities. The team’s training headquarters is set to open in September.

The team announced it’s reached a three year deal told hold its summer training camp at UC Irvine.

Santa Barbara County is upset congressional legislation which would clear the way for the Chumash tribe to expand its reservation property in the Santa Ynez Valley has taken a key step forward.

The House Natural Resources Committee approved HR 1157, which would move 1400 acres of land into a federal trust. The legislation now goes to the full house for consideration.

A South Coast city has now issued refunds for more than 800 tickets for a Fourth of July fireworks show which turned out to be a dud.

Camarillo had to cancel its show at Camarillo High School after the electronic launch control system failed at the last minute. The city said there was what it called a “catastrophic firing switch failure.” Because of safety concerns, the Ventura County Fire Department prohibits the hand triggering of fireworks, so the show had to be cancelled, sending thousands of people home disappointed.

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

It was a rough day for thousands of travelers on the Central Coast, with two separate accident causing closures, and delays.

A Ventura County based university announced it will launch a leadership center to help people involved with running non-profit organizations in the region.

California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks will host the new Center for Non-Profit Leadership. The center is intended to help fill a gap created by the closure of the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Center for for Nonprofit Leadership. The center provided training from non-profit officials and volunteers for more than two decades, but the financially troubled foundation shut it down last year.

LAST UPDATE - 1:00 PM

Two traffic accidents are disrupting travel in northern Santa Barbara County this afternoon.

The California Highway Patrol reopened the #2 lane of southbound US 101 south of Buellton at 12:30.

The #1 lane will remain closed until further notice.

All lanes were closed at Santa Rosa Rd around 9:45 Thursday morning after a pickup truck and trailer went through a railing at Three Bridges.

(VCFD Air Unit)

Firefighters now have 70% containment of a brush fire which caused a big scare in the lake Sherwood area of Ventura County yesterday.

The nearly 80 acre blaze broke out just before four p.m. yesterday, burning near two housing developments.   It sent up a huge plume of smoke, visible for miles. However, firefighters were able to quickly act to protect the homes, and no evacuations were ultimately ordered.

A city council in Ventura County which fired its city manager has appointed its assistant city manager to temporarily fill the post.

The Thousand Oaks City Council fired Scott Mitnick last week, without detailing the specifics for the action.

Assistant City Manager Andrew Powers was named interim city manager this week, while the city council looks at what it wants to do on a permanent basis. Powers joined the city’s staff in 2007 as its public information officer, and was upped to Assistant City Manager in 2013.

A Ventura County man who operated a fraudulent sports products investment scheme has been sentenced to prison, but has also been ordered to pay more than a million dollars in restitution to 111 victims.

Ventura County prosecutors say Gilbert Ramon Infante pled guilty to 13 felony counts of securities fraud, and identity theft. They say the 56 year old Ventura man told his victims that he had contracts with some major pro sports teams, and promised them huge returns investments.

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