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Update: As of 9:15 a.m., the fire has expanded to 45,500 with 1000 firefighters involved in the fighting effort.

Update: As of 2:20 a.m., 7,786 homes are under evacuation orders, and the fire is at 26,000 acres.

A massive wildfire continues its explosive growth in Ventura County, burning on multiple fronts in the county.

The streets on the South Coast rumbled and growled Sunday morning with hundreds of motorcycles on the move.

The annual Unity Shoppe Toy Run has been a holiday tradition; the riders came from throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

There will be about 50 fewer beds at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission this winter.

The facility is under reconstruction.

On a special walking tour of the project that is underway as of Monday, President Rolf Geyling said his administrative offices are among the areas vacated by the staff to put in beds for women.

(Photo courtesy Squire Foundation)

A drive into the foothills above Santa Barbara, off of Highway 154 going up San Marcos Pass takes you into some elegant neighborhoods with large homes, and panoramic views. But, a turn down a street off of San Antonio Creek Road brings you to something truly different.

As you go down a steep driveway, you notice first one sculpture, and then another, and another. The home is called Via Maria. It’s a place where a little known, but unique non-profit which promotes the arts houses artists in residence.

A teenage boy and a man are in custody after what Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies say was a failed robbery attempt at a Newbury Park drug store which lead to some lockdowns at nearby schools.

Investigators say a teen wearing a mask, and carrying a gun entered the store on the 400 block of Reino Road just after 8:30 this morning. But, the would-be robber apparently became spooked when a customer walked into the store, and he fled. Seven nearby public schools were put on lockdown as a precaution.

The main route to and from downtown Santa Barbara could have a new look.

The State Street underpass in Santa Barbara was the focus of the town hall meeting Wednesday evening.

Artists, architects, transportation officials and residents were all coming up with suggestion to change the look of the concrete walls and walkways.

Some of the suggestions include more lighting, wider bike lanes, fewer cars, more art, and also different ambient sounds like dolphins, whales, and waves.

The city is considering ideas and their next steps.

It was one of the worst fires on record on the South Coast.

The Tea Fire burned an estimated 210 homes nine years ago this week.

(Photo by Paul Child)

Long before American had TV shows likes Top Chef, Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, and entire gastronomical networks like “The Food Channel,” Julia Child pioneered the idea of cooking shows with “The French Chef.”

Child died in 2004, but the iconic chef, author, and TV show host who lived in Montecito for the final years of her life was a familiar face in the community. While she is gone, her legacy lives on, and part of it is being featured in a new book.

The northbound lanes of Highway 101 in the Santa barbara area have reopened after two vehicles crashed in what's being called called a drag racing incident Wednesday night.

The 101  closure was south of Las Positas Road.

Anticipating a large budget deficit of about $20 million, Santa Barbara County is looking toward a new revenue stream: cannabis.

Marijuana growers have about 250 registered sites now in the county.

While many people were enjoying Halloween or the Dodger game Tuesday night, Santa Barbara police raced to a Verizon store on upper State Street after a takeover holdup.

Employees were herded into the back room, and reports are that two bags of phones were taken along with cash.

Santa Barbara Police used two shots from a beanbag rifle on a man running from a stolen vehicle Monday.

The vehicle was spotted near Las Positas and the driver took off at a high speed southbound on the freeway.

The California Highway Patrol has used phone video to identify, track down and arrest a man involved in a freeway shooting in Santa Barbara. 

The shooting took place Monday afternoon.

The response time from a 911 call could be improved with new technology in Santa Barbara County, in a plan revealed to the Santa Barbara City Council Tuesday.


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