Santa Barbara County firefighters were busy with a rash of brush fires on the Central Coast, but knocked them down before they could cause damage.

Mike Eliason, with the County Fire Department, says five small blazes occurred off of the northbound 101 between Los Alamos and Orcutt just after 4 p.m. Wednesday. They were quickly put out.

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Investigators say a heat source too close to combustible materials sparked a fire which heavily damaged a popular South Coast brewhouse.

The blaze was discovered just before four a.m. Wednesday on the 200 block of West Montecito Street, in Santa Barbara. Firefighters discovered smoke coming from the roof of the Brewhouse Bistro & Brewery when they reached the scene.

They were able to quickly knock down the blaze. No one was hurt.

A man on trial for the October, 2014 murder of his ex-girlfriend in Santa Barbara had pled guilty to second degree murder, and agreed to a 16 year sentence in state prison.

Prosecutors say Aubrey Dupree Wadford stabbed Angela Lasky to death in the apartment they had been sharing while their two year old daughter was sleeping in a nearby room. Even though their relationship was apparently over, the two were living together to care for the child.

Neighbors testified during the trial that the duo fought frequently.

An acting supervisor has been named to manage the Los Padres National Forest, until the vacant post is filled.

Merv George will serve as Acting Supervisor for the 1.9 million acre forest, which extends through huge swaths of the Central and South Coasts. The forest is headquartered in Goleta.

George has been Supervisor of Six Rivers National Forest, which extends through four counties in northwestern California.

The Los Padres post is vacant because Robert Baird was promoted to Pacific Southwest Regional Director of Fire & Aviation Management.

A sewage spill has closed a section of a South Coast beach.

More than 1000 gallons of untreated sewage flowed into a Goleta creek which flows into the ocean at Goleta Beach. The accident has closed the ocean for public use for a quarter of a mile on either side of the creek’s outfall into the ocean. The area has been posted with signs telling people to stay out of the water.

The spill occurred at the intersection of Nogal Drive and Nueces Drive in Goleta, and the untreated sewage flowed into Cieneguitas Creek.

One is 68 children in America is on the autism spectrum.

When these kids grow up, many of them have a hard time finding jobs, not because of their capability, but because they don’t have the social skills to find the positions.

A Ventura County college student decided to try to tackle the problem, through creation of a new company called “Coding Autism.”

A globally known shoemaker based on the South Coast may put itself up for sale.

Deckers Brands says it is looking at strategic alternatives for its future, which include a sale or other type of transaction to improve stockholder value. The company has been in the middle of a $150 million dollar campaign to improve profitability by cutting costs and realigning brands.

The company has retained financial and legal advisors to assist with proposals. In a press release, the company says it’s not definite the company will be involved in a deal, and notes there is no timeline.

An environmental group says it’s reached a settlement with an oil company over concern that stormwater runoff from a South Coast oil field was running into nearby watershed.

The Environmental Defense Center filed a lawsuit saying that runoff from the 5700 acre South Mountain oil field near Santa Paula was violating state law. The deal calls for the California Resources Corporation to put pollution controls in place on drilling pads, roads, and other pollution sources.

The company also agreed to develop a monitoring program, to insure clean water standards are being met.

The search for a missing Southern California boy has moved to Santa Barbara County.

Five year old Aramazd Andressian Junior of South Pasadena was last seen on April 15th, when his father picked him up at the Baldwin Park Police Department in a custody exchange.

Aramazd Andressian failed to return the child, leading to the start of a big search over the weekend. Officials say the man has been uncooperative with authorities. Investigators discovered that the father was at Lake Cachuma last Friday.

A financially troubled South Coast based classical music organization has decided to temporarily suspend plans for a new season, as leaders try to sort out its future.

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra is exploring options ranging from going ahead with the 2017-18 season as planned, paring down the number of performances, or shuttering the organization permanently.