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

Firefighters have been able to boost containment up to 68% on a wildfire in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County, and are hoping to continue progress against the Rey Fire even as dangerous fire conditions build in the region.

Ventura County Public Health officials say there’s one confirmed case, and two other potential cases of potentially dangerous West Nile Virus in the county.

Because of patient confidentiality laws, the county isn’t releasing specifics about the three cases.

A search continues in one Goleta neighborhood for a man who reportedly annoyed a woman and child, and behaved inappropriately around them.

He even got into their home, where another man chased the intruder out.

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.