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A firefighter with nearly three decades experience has been named interim fire chief for a South Coast city.

Darwin Base will take over as head of the Oxnard Fire Department July 30th. Base has been with the department for 28 years, and has been Assistant Fire Chief since November of 2015.

Fire Chief Bryan Bryce announced his resignation last month, with the last day scheduled to be Friday. He had been with the department for less than a year, and cited personal reasons for his departure. He has accepted a job as fire chief in the Washington State city of Mount Vernon.

It’s a warm, sunny morning, and more than two dozen teenagers in Oxnard are learning how to improve their soccer play from some of the best coaches in the world.

Some members of the Chelsea Football Club, the four time English Premiere League Champions, are working with kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.

A two-year-old boy that apparently was able to get out of sight of his parents was found nearly drowned Sunday night.

Paramedics and the harbor patrol arrived quickly at the scene near Stearn's Wharf in Santa Barbara.

A local computer scientist is bringing technology from her lab into the fields to create smarter and more sustainable farming. 

Chandra Krintz grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana. Now, as a UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s co-leading a team of scientists and students to develop a tech-based system called SmartFarm. 

A Ventura County man is facing multiple charges including murder after his car smashed into four vehicles.

Ventura Police say an unmarked police car was headed westbound on Highway 126 near Kimball Road around 2 p.m. Friday, when a car collided with it, and fled. The detectives were unable to catch up with the speeding vehicle. The fleeing car then hit three more vehicles, including a motorcycle, but didn’t stop.

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The California Mid-State Fair is moving into its second week today, with some big name entertainment set to take the main stage.

The Hollywood Vampires, featuring Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp are set to take the stage as the headliners at the Paso Robles Event Center tonight. Don Henley will rock the fair tomorrow night, and Duran Duran will perform Wednesday night. On Friday night, legendary Beach Boy Brian Wilson celebrates the 50th anniversary of his “Pet Songs” album with a show.

Concert tickets are not a part of fair admission.

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A six year old boy learned about the dangers of playing with a lighter the hard way, after Ventura firefighters say he accidentally started a blaze which threatened a housing complex.

It happened just before one p.m. Saturday, on the 1000 block of Olive Avenue in Ventura. Some rubbish caught on fire which spread to a fence, and then to the side of a five unit housing complex. Ventura firefighters knocked down the blaze in less than five minutes, before it could cause extensive damage to the units.

Santa Monica Mountains Trails Council

An 81-year-old Conejo Valley woman has reached her goal of horseback riding for 67 miles through the Santa Monica Mountains. 

Ruth Gerson, along with four of her female friends, returned on Saturday from a six-day ride on the newly completed Backbone Trail. The five women started Monday from Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County and ended at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Los Angeles.

NOAA

The continuing heat wave, mixed with other weather conditions across the South Coast, is ripe for wild fire danger.

Red flag warnings are in effect for Southern Santa Barbara County and the Ventura County mountains on Saturday.

Unemployment has grown on the Central and South Coasts, as well as statewide during the last month.

Ventura County’s jobless rate increased from 4.5% in May to 5.4% in June. In Santa Barbara County, the number of people also rose, going from 3.9% to 4.9% from May to June. And, in San Luis Obispo County, the numbers are also up, with unemployment rising from 3.5% to 4.5%.

The statewide unemployment numbers are also up. The percentage of people out of work in California rose from 5.2% in May, to 5.4% in June.

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