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

A brush fire burning on the north side of Goleta has forced the evacuation of thousands of people, and has destroyed some homes.

The fire started just after 8:30 Friday night north of Cathedral Oaks Road, and quickly spread.  Temperatures near the 100 degree mark, and wind in the 40 mile an hour range made the blaze tough to fight as it moved through rugged foothill areas.

Santa Barbara County firefighters confirm at least a handful of homes have been lost. 

Friday was a sweltering day for much of the Central and South Coasts, with extreme temperatures reaching the 90’s on the coast, and topping 110 inland.

With some wind in the forecast, there is a Red Flag warning for high fire danger overnight Friday into Saturday for parts of the South Coast.

A land conservancy on the Central Coast has worked out deals to add more than 450 acres of land to a National Monument in the region. The Carrizo Plain Conservancy is trying to add to the nearly 250,000 acre Carrizo Plain National Monument, east of San Luis Obispo.

The heat wave you’ve been hearing about all week long is expected to bring some sizzling temperatures to the Central and South Coasts Friday and Saturday.

Highs will range from around 90 on the coast, to close to 110 for some inland areas.

(U.S. Air Force photo)

It was a series of related, and now all-but forgotten tragic accidents along the Santa Barbara County coast which left 16 people dead. It involving two plane crashes and a boat collision. On July 5th, some of those who died are being commemorated in Santa Barbara.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

What at first appeared to be a house fire near Simi Valley turned out to be much more than that, with the discovery of the body of a man.

Residents of Clear Springs Knolls, in the Santa Susanna Knolls area spotted the blaze just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The corporate parent of Sears has announced the latest in what’s been a wave of store closings, and it includes a longtime outlet in Ventura County. The more-than 50-year-old Sears store in Thousand Oaks will close in September.

There’s a little known non-profit group with a mission that’s nothing to snort about. It’s a unique pig rescue organization based in the Santa Ynez Valley, called Lil' Orphan Hammies.

A free summer film festival series on the South Coast kicks off this week.

It’s become a South Coast tradition. UCSB’s Arts and Lectures has offered a free summer slate of films built around a specific theme for close to a decade.

Santa Barbara County provides law enforcement services for four cities in the county, and a new study shows that the county is actually subsidizing some costs.

County Sheriff’s Deputies serve Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, and Solvang, which don’t have their own police departments.

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

With the 4th of July almost at hand, firefighters on the Central and South Coasts are worried about the potential for brush fires sparked by fireworks.

Steve Swindle is with the Ventura County Fire Department. Fireworks are illegal in Ventura County, and Southern Santa Barbara County, with the exception of so called safe and sane fireworks in the City of Fillmore.


Some South Coast researchers are trying to figure out something you’ve probably never thought about, and are reaching into space to find answers. How does sediment in waterways and oceans move, and come together? An experiment designed by some UC Santa Barbara researchers to look at that question was onboard a rocket launched from Florida Friday morning, carrying a payload of supplies to the International Space Station.

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has finalized cleanup plans for a more than four decade old toxic waste site in Santa Barbara County. The EPA developed a five year, $60 million dollar plan to remove contaminated soil and groundwater from the Casmalia Superfund site.

The 250 acre facility southwest of Santa Maria was a commercial hazardous waste management facility in the 1970’s and 80’s. An estimated 5.6 billion pounds of wastes were sent to the site until it was shut down in 1989.

The end result was contaminated air, soil, surface water, and groundwater.

(Ventura County Sheriff's Office photo)

Three men have been arrested after Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say they broke up a cockfighting operation.

Authorities received word that there might be a cockfighting ring operating in the Oak View area.

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters have finished mopup work at the scene of a brush fire in Ventura County which caused a lot of concern, but ultimately was stopped before it could cause damage.

The fire broke out just after four p.m. Wednesday off of Olsen Road in Simi Valley. It was on a hillside just southwest of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.