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Firefighters quickly knocked down a small brush fire in eastern Ventura County which burned close to some homes.

The fire was discovered just after 4:30 Tuesday afternoon in a rugged canyon behind Arroyo Vista Street, north of Highway 101 in Newbury Park.

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

Firefighters have fully contained a brush fire on the Central Coast which caused some big concern when it was whipped out of control by wind.

The fire started in the Happy Canyon area of the Santa Ynez Valley at around one Thursday afternoon. Santa Barbara County firefighters initially thought they had the upper hand on it, but had to call in more resources when the wind spread the flames.

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

Santa Barbara County firefighters have the upper hand on a brush fire on the Central Coast which caused a scare Thursday afternoon.

The fire started in the Happy Canyon area of the Santa Ynez Valley just before 1 p.m. Windy conditions quickly expanded the fire to about 60 acres.

As of 5 p.m., it was 50% contained. No homes were threatened. Investigators say a hay harvesting operation triggered the blaze.

More than 16,000 notices are in the mail for home and property owners in Ventura County telling them it’s time to clear brush in potentially high risk brush fire areas.

Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen says despite some significant rainfall, the brush fire danger is expected to be extremely high this year.

(National Park Service photo)

Firefighters are continuing to mop up a brush fire that’s now been burning for more than a week in the Channel Islands.

Containment is now up to 80% on the fire which started March 27th on Santa Cruz Island.

Firefighters are holding their own against a brush fire burning in the Channel Islands.

They’ve been able to keep the fire on Santa Cruz Island at around the 250 acre mark.

The weather roller coaster which set the stage for a disastrous fire, and flooding in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties is taking us for a ride again.

We could see some potentially dangerous brush fire conditions on the South Coast beginning on Saturday night.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Many Ventura and Santa Barbara county residents are returning home to find a lot of ash left by the massive Thomas Fire. But, there are ways you can properly clean up all that ash.

Don’t start cleaning while ash is still falling. Wait until conditions improve. Make sure to protect yourself by wearing a mask and gloves.

As the Thomas Fire blazes in Ventura, another fire has popped up in Thousand Oaks.

The smaller fire has popped up in the 2000 block of Roadrunner Avenues, a gated community area.

The report described a two acre fire that officials identified with the potential to escalate to ten acres, depending on the wind conditions.

6 units have been called to the area, with an additional air support on the way.

Highway 154 is open Sunday in Santa Barbara County, after a closure due to a brush fire Saturday afternoon.

A small blaze near the 2500 block of Highway 154 closed the highway to traffic for about three hours. The roughly two acre blaze was spotted just after three p.m. Saturday, sending up a plume of smoke visible in the Goleta and Santa Barbara areas.

Precautionary evacuation orders were issued for the areas known as the Trout Club, and Painted Cave.

(Cal Fire photo)

Firefighters are working towards full containment of a Central Coast brush fire which caused a scare earlier this week.

The Poly Fire, in the hills near Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is now at 105 acres burned, and 90% containment.

Two residence halls were evacuated shortly after the fire was discovered Tuesday afternoon, but no buildings

Fire crews raced to the Santa Barbara Riviera Monday afternoon, when brush caught fire near Cleveland Elementary School on Alameda Padre Serra.

The area burning was small but was close to portable buildings on the campus.

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

An unusual brush fire not on, but off the South Coast led to an even more unusual response.

A boater spotted a brush fire on Santa Cruz Island just after 9 Monday morning in the Scorpion Canyon area. A team of four U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers was dispatched from Porterville to battle the lighting-caused fire.

They were dropped into the area from a fixed-wing plane at around 1 p.m., and spent the afternoon working to corral the estimated one tenth of an acre fire. Full containment is expected by Tuesday morning.

It wasn’t a big brush fire, but it snarled traffic on a section of Highway 101 in Ventura County during the tail end of the evening rush hour.

The four acre blaze started near Highway 101 and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks just after six Thursday night. Firefighters stopped its spread in about a half hour with the help of a helicopter.

No homes were threatened, but it caused lots of slowing for traffic in the area. There’s no word on the cause.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Firefighters are trying to get a handle on the Whittier Fire burning in the Santa Ynez Mountains of Santa Barbara County that has grown to more than 18,000 acres. It's still only 36% contained.  

California Fire officials say they expect increased fire activity Sunday due to warmer temperatures, lower humidity and winds.

However, firefighters did get a break with the weather overnight from Saturday into Sunday when potentially strong sundowner winds in the forecast didn’t materialize. 

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