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A new Santa Barbara County center to help Holiday Fire victims is now operating in Goleta.

The Local Assistance Center located at the Goleta Union School District offices opened Monday, and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Representatives from state, local and non-profit agencies are on hand to provide fire victims with help on things from social services to debris removal.

Depending on the need, county officials say they may extend the center’s operations, but for now it is open for sure Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hundreds of firefighters are continuing efforts to mop up a destructive 100 acre brush fire which destroyed 13 homes, and damaged three others on the South Coast.

The Holiday Fire in the foothills north of Goleta is 80% contained, with full containment projected for Wednesday. All evacuation orders from the Friday night have been lifted, but some areas are open to residents only.

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

From the ashes of the Holiday Fire comes a story of love.

Ishu and Laura Rao lost their home off of Fairview Avenue in the Goleta area to the Holiday Fire Friday night. 

With the threat eased, firefighters allowed the couple to return to the remains of their house to search for Laura's Tiffany wedding ring.

Incredibly, it survived the fire, and they found it.  Ishu Rao dropped to his knees, and asked his wife again to marry him.

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

Firefighters say a combination of hard work and a break with the weather has allowed them to reach 80% containment of the destructive Holiday Fire, burning in the foothills north of Goleta.

A number of mandatory evacuation orders have been downgraded due to the progress in stopping the 100 acre blaze.  Santa Barbara County Fire officials say 10 homes were destroyed and three were damaged. Nine other structures were also gutted. 

Firefighters say they now have a good handle on a fast moving brush fire destroyed at least 10 homes in the foothills above Goleta Friday night and early Saturday morning.

They say the 60 acre blaze is now 5% contained, and they are hoping to make significant progress during the day Saturday.

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

A fast moving brush fire destroyed at least 10 homes in the foothills above Goleta Friday night and early Saturday morning.

The blaze caused some of the heaviest damage along northern Fairview Avenue, leaving numerous homes gutted.

The fire was discovered just after 8:30 Friday night, with wind topping 40 miles an hour quickly blowing the blaze out of control.  With a Red Flag warning for high fire danger in effect because of the extreme heat and wind in the forecast, extra fire crews had been deployed in the county, but it still wasn't enough to stop the flames.

(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.