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

Firefighters say they are closing in on full containment of a brush fire which closed a section of Highway 1 on the Central Coast for a big chunk of the day Wednesday.

The Cruces fire begin just before noon Wednesday off of Highway 101, about three miles northwest of the Highway 1-Highway 101 interchange.  It forced the shutdown of Highway 1 for about six hours, and led to some ranches in the area being evacuated.

It’s an almost forgotten part of cinema history. One of Hollywood’s first blockbusters, the 1923 classic “The Ten Commandments,” was shot on the Central Coast. But, after the filming, the massive set was left behind in the Guadalupe-Nipomo sand dunes, to be swallowed by the dunes for decades.

A key artifact, the giant head of a sphinx, was recently recovered and will go on public display for the first time this weekend.

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

Santa Barbara County firefighters are hoping to get containment Thursday of a brush fire which caused a big scare on the Central Coast.

The 80 acre Cruces fire broke out just before noon yesterday off of Highway 1, about three miles northwest of the Highway 1-101 interchange. It caused the closure of a section of Highway 1 for six hours, and led to the evacuation of some ranches in the area where the fire started. No homes were damaged.

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

Firefighters say they are making major progress in efforts to stop a 150 acre brush fire in Santa Barbara County that closed a section of Highway 1.

The Cruces Fire broke out just before noon Wednesday off of Highway 1, about three miles northwest of the 101-1 intersection.

A few ranches on the 7200 block of Highway 1 were evacuated as a precaution, but no other homes are reported to be directly threatened.

(Photo by Dave Zaniboni, Santa Barbara County Fire department)

A brush fire in Santa Barbara County has burned more than 150 acres of land, and has closed a section of Highway 1.

What's being called the Cruces Fire broke out just before noon off of Highway 1, about three miles northwest of the 101-1 intersection.

It's in a rugged, sparsely populated area.  A few ranches on the 7200 block of Highway 1 were evacuated as a precaution, but no other homes are reported to be directly threatened.

More than 150 firefighters aided by helicopters and air tankers are fighting the fire.

A brush fire in Santa Barbara County has forced the closure of Highway 1.

What’s being called the Cruces Fire was reported just before noon Wednesday near Highway 1 about three miles northwest of the Highway 1-Highway 101 interchange.

No structures were reported to be immediately threatened.

Santa Barbara County’s Holiday brush fire destroyed ten homes, and damaged and destroyed more than a dozen barns and other structures. It also forced the evacuation of a wildlife care center.

Now, officials with the Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network say a key facility for birds is so damaged its unusable. The non-profit launched a campaign to build a new center on the site.

It’s a story which started a long time ago, in a galaxy, far, far away.

Well, okay, it wasn’t that long ago. It was 1996. And, it actually wasn’t a galaxy that far away. It was Sherman Oaks. But, the story did start with Star Wars.

Two brothers, Jason and Aaron Labowitz, were collectors of sci-fi action figures and toys, the kind of things inspired by movies. Aaron Labowitz says the result is “Entertainment Earth," a company which sells sci-fi and pop culture collectables.

Caltrans officials say they are making progress on efforts to repair, or replace six bridges badly damaged by the January flooding and debris flows in southern Santa Barbara County.

All six bridges are on Highway 192, the east-west state highway which runs parallel to Highway 101 from Carpinteria to Santa Barbara.

The U.S. Secretary of State is going to speak in Ventura County later this week.

Mike Pompeo is scheduled to appear at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, where he is expected to talk about the U.S. role in supporting Iran.

Sitting in a lot off of Quarantina Street in downtown Santa Barbara is a shiny silver structure. At first glance, it looks like a small, but sleek modern looking condo.

But, as you look closer, you realize it has wheels. It’s something called a “Living Vehicle,” and it’s the creation of Santa Barbara architect Matthew Hoffman, and his wife Joanna.

A new survey by a national magazine lists Santa Barbara as the best place in the U.S. to live for good weather. U.S. News and World Report just issued the new rankings.

It cites Santa Barbara as having as few as 79 cloudy days a year, making it an ideal place to live weather-wise.

There’s some new information about the extent of damage caused by Santa Barbara County’s destructive Holiday brush fire. County firefighters say they’ve completed a secondary assessment of the fire zone north of Goleta. The good news is the number of homes destroyed has actually been revised downwards, from 13 to ten, with three damaged.

Can you tell if someone is telling you a little fib, or a big lie? You might think you have the answer, but an expert on the subject says you probably are wrong. Norah Dunbar is a UC Santa Barbara communications professor who’s been studying deception detection for two decades. Dunbar is the author of a new study on the subject, which shows video games could be an important new training tool.

(Photo courtesy Ventura County Air Unit)

Five people were hurt in a head-on collision on the Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County which sent one of the vehicles careening into the ocean.

It happened just after 5:30 Thursday night, south of Mugu Rock. CHP officers say the two people in the car which went off the highway into the ocean were thrown from the vehicle. They swam to shore. 

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