Smoke and flames along a Summerland cliff near Highway 101 brought out the fire department Monday morning.

A burning homeless camp was the source of the flames, off the highway toward the ocean.

"Inferno Hits Santa Barbara County"

Oct 10, 2017

A massive wildfire hit Santa Barbara County in July of 2017, burning more than 18,000 acres, trapping hundreds of people, destroying 16 homes and threatening thousands of houses before it was fully contained.

KCLU was on the air an hour after the fire started, and provided extensive coverage even though the blaze was  75 miles from the station's main studios (but well within our coverage area).  During the first 16 hours. KCLU's Lance Orozco was on the air with regular updates.

This is the September 14th, 2017 8 p.m. newscast on KCLU.  The TRT is 2:10

KCLU is the NPR station serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.  The station produces 10 daily newscasts, as well as a daily long-form (3:00-4:00) news story.

We have a staff of one full time newsperson, plus part-time morning and evening anchors, and a part-time weekend anchor/reporter.

Rundown for newscast:

1) Missing hiker

2) 101 Freeway wildlife crossing

3) Edible marijuana legislation

4) Veterans benefits

Three people from the South Coast are now among the confirmed dead from the Las Vegas shooting rampage Sunday.

On Monday, authorities confirmed that popular school staff member Susan Smith of Simi Valley died as a result of the attack.  She leaves behind a husband, and two adult children. 

Officials at the site of the Las Vegas shooting have not released a complete list of casualties, but family members confirmed Tuesday morning that Denise Cohen of Carpinteria and Derrick "Bo" Taylor of Oxnard were among those killed.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a small but very visible fire in San Marcos Pass over the weekend.

The quick fight against the fire began Saturday at about 3 p.m. The fire was controlled later on in the evening.

It’s a beautiful, undeveloped slice of land in the mountains above Carpinteria,  There are rare plants, and incredible views in what’s called Hay Hill, in the Toro Canyon area.

Now, through a unique deal, more than 80 acres of this property will be preserved forever.

The UC Santa Barbara Economic Forecast is showing indicators that local planners may be interested in for upcoming decisions.

The forecast was presented in an open session this week.

The Montecito Motor Classic brought out some very rare cars Sunday on Coast Village Road.

The event was a fundraiser for the police activities league, which puts police and children together to take part in positive activities.

It also supports the police foundation for police officer support programs.

All Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies have been carrying a special nasal spray to help save the lives of drug overdose victims.

Recently, in response to a Goleta man who was experiencing an overdose, a Narcan nasal device was used.

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 from John Palminteri)

An inferno ripped through a laundromat in Santa Barbara, destroying it early Monday morning.

Firefighters were called at 2 a.m. Monday to a blaze on the 1900 block of De La Vina Street.  They discovered there was no one in the building, but flames were shooting from the building.

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

The Central and South Coasts had a spectacular overnight show Sunday into Monday courtesy of Mother Nature, as thunderstorms brought lightning, and locally heavy rainfall to parts of the region.

There were concerns about the potential for flash flooding in areas hit by recent brush fires, but no major problems were reported. But, some areas had more than a third of an inch of rain.

The possibility of thunderstorms remains in the weather forecast for Monday.

(Photoby Barry Weiss)

A unique new dance opera about the life of an acclaimed, but little known author from the 1920’s is premiering in Santa Barbara this weekend, after being performed in France, where the writer lived.

Strawberries are the biggest cash crop on the Central and South Coasts.

Now, a university in the region has received a major grant to try to identify types of strawberry plants which are more disease resistant.

An Isla Vista apartment house will be going through renovations as erosion threatens the side of the building facing the ocean on a 40-foot cliff.

Some Cal State Channel Islands students are digging through a treasure trove of political history.

It’s eight decades of political memorabilia donated to the university by the family of a longtime political activist in Ventura County.  The students will not only research the hundreds of items in the collection, they'll catalog them , and create online and physical exhibitions.

The primary source of water for the South Coast, Cachuma Lake, is at 49% capacity as an annual water release begins.

The release takes place as part of a long-standing agreement to help downstream farmers in Santa Ynez, Solvang, Buellton and Lompoc.

A man wanted for the murder of his wife in the San Fernando Valley has been found in Ventura County, after he was apparently hit by a car.

Aurelio Teran of Sherman Oaks was wanted for the stabbing death of his wife Viridiana Teran.

Parts of the Central and South Coasts could see record temperatures for the next few days, but it all depends on your location.

A stronger than expected marine layer resulted in the cancellation of heat advisories and excessive heat warnings for coastal areas Monday.

KCLU News Director Lance Orozco was honored with TVSB's "Achievement In Media" award at its 2017 awards show.

TV Santa Barbara is the non-profit organization which strives to advance community through media.  Its community program producers and hosts develop original program content on cable television, online, and though streaming platforms like Roku.

Its two noncommercial independent channels carry up to 25 hours a week of new original programming.

An international relief agency based on the South Coast has deployed modules of medical supplies along the path of Hurricane Harvey, to help those impacted by the huge hurricane.

A major celebration for the South Coast's LGBTQ community is set to take place this weekend.

The Pacific Pride Festival begins Saturday morning at 10 a.m in Santa Barbara with a march.

The rally will start in De La Guerre Plaza and hundreds are expected to carry signs and show unity in the "Visibility March."

Lompoc has a big financial challenge ahead, and is looking to save $1.8 million from its budget through means other than employee layoffs.

Several multi-point plans have been brought up at meetings.

It’s one of the most popular beaches on the South Coast, attracting an estimated 1.5 million visitors a year.

But, Santa Barbara County has spent an estimated two million dollars since 2015, and 12 million since 1995 to protect the beach, and its infrastructure like its pier, restrooms, and parking lots from storm-driven erosion. One top county leader is suggesting the county should get rid of it.

After years of planning and fundraising, a groundbreaking has taken place Wednesday morning for a new stadium at Santa Barbara High School.

The metropolitan transit district bus service in Santa Barbara has a new bus tracker service, so riders can get information about the bus they ride or where buses are located.

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Carpinteria city leaders have decided to avoid legal action and change the city's election process.

Currently, councilmembers are chosen by an at-large citywide process.

The threatened legal action says the current system violates the voting rights act, and is an abridgement of Latino voting rights.

After the Secretary of the Interior ended the review of the status of five national monuments, a Santa Barbara congressman asked that one in our region be added to the exemption list.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal sent a letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke asking him to end the review of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.