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(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

Fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of a brush fire which caused a big scare in Ventura County.

The 20 plus acre fire broke out just after 4 p.m. Wednesday off of Olsen Road in Simi Valley, just west of Wood Ranch Parkway.

In the mountains just east of Fillmore, a little known team of firefighters is preparing some slopes for the possibility of a brush fire. When you think of firefighters, you think of the men and women with fire trucks, hoses, and shovels, and those who battle blazes from the air. But, this team of Ventura County firefighters includes three heavy equipment operators, and support crews, who use bulldozers to help stop the flames.

A historic mission on the South Coast is getting an incredible gift.

A couple is donating a million dollar reproduction of one of Michelangelo’s most famous works, the Pieta at St. Peter’s Basilica to Mission San Buenaventura.

Officials say they still don’t know what’s led to some ocean water discoloration in the Oxnard area, but say initial tests show there is nothing hazardous in the water for humans.

City of Oxnard officials say bacteriological tests show there the water is clear of coliform and E. Coli, things usually associated with sewage issues. But, other test results for nutrients which might cause algae growth are still incomplete.

Residents and visitors to the Channel Islands Harbor area first noticed water had a dirty brown color to it about two weeks ago.

A Central Coast city is moving ahead with a major program to improve its most heavily used street.

Pismo Beach will reconstruct 18 blocks of Shell Beach Road. It’s in the city’s downtown area.

(Ventura County Office Of Education image)

It’s a diagnosis no parent wants to hear. Trevor Jenkins parents heard it while he was still a pre-schooler.

He is on the autism spectrum.

Jackie Jenkins says while hearing her son had autism was hard, the early diagnosis was a good thing, because children do much better when there is early intervention.

The Camarillo family is lucky in another way. Unlike many areas around the country, Ventura County has a specialized school for children on the autism spectrum.

(Ventura Police Department photo)

Federal prosecutors say a Ventura County man admitted impersonating an ICE agent.

Prosecutors say Farad Bell of Simi Valley entered a guilty plea to one count of false impersonation of a federal officer in connection with a 2017 incident.

Dozens of Vietnam veterans are busy on the front lawn of the Ventura County Government Center, assembling a tribute to their friends in uniform who paid the ultimate price for the country.

The Moving Wall is a 256 foot long, half size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Like the national memorial, it contains the names of the more than 58,000 American who died in the conflict.

The Ventura County Public Health Department is investigating two recently discovered cases of tuberculosis in the county.

Health officials say a member of 24 Hour Fitness at Riverpark in Oxnard was diagnosed with TB. They are working to identify people who may have been at the gym at the same time as the infected person between March and early this month. Experts say there is currently no danger of becoming infected by visiting the fitness center.

Thursday is officially the start of summer. But, the region’s largest celebration will take place this weekend. 100,000 people are expected to be on hand for the 44th annual Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade.

A program to reduce the number of whales hit by ships, and improve air quality at the same time is preparing to kick off its fourth year of operation.

The program gets ships to voluntarily slow their speed in exchange for cash compensation.

A South Coast city has successfully completed its search for a new City Manager.

The Oxnard City Council hired Alexander Nguyen for the post.  Nguyen has worked in municipal government for more than two decades.  Most recently, he was Riverside’s Assistant City Manager.

A longtime law enforcement officer in Southern California has taken on a major new role with Santa Barbara County.

County Undersheriff Barney Melekian has been named the county’s new Assistant County Executive Officer for Public Safety.

In the wake of the deadly Thomas brush fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, one South Coast city is expanding efforts to crack down on illegal fireworks.

The Ventura City Council approved what’s known as a Fireworks Social Host ordinance. It means that not only can someone who uses illegal fireworks be prosecuted, but someone who hosts or organizes a gathering on property where fireworks are used can be held responsible.

(National Park Service photo)

Researchers discovered a litter of four mountain lion kittens in eastern Ventura County.

The kittens were discovered in the Simi Hills, a critical habitat area for mountain lions between the Santa Monica and Santa Susana mountain ranges.