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On September 11th, an inmate located a weapon and turned it in to authorities at the Santa Maria branch of the jail system.

The gun was found inside of a jail cell, still not fully assembled.

Plans have been announced for a memorial service for a Ventura County firefighter who died in a traffic accident while fighting a brush fire.

The service for Ryan Osler will take place Monday at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village. Osler died September 21st, when a water tanker truck being used to help fight the Canyon Fire on Vandenberg Air Force Base overturned near Lompoc.

The 38 year old firefighter leaves behind a wife and two children. He had been with the department for 18 years, and was a fire department engineer based in Moorpark.

Fire crews responded quickly to a call at Westmont College in Montecito yesterday, where they extinguished flames in a closet at the Page residence hall.

The fire took place around 6 pm, and forced 200 students from their rooms for the night.

There’s shock and sadness in the public safety community on the Central and South Coasts, following the death of a Ventura County firefighter who was helping to fight Santa Barbara County’s Canyon brush fire.

The CHP is still trying to determine exactly what happened.

A water tanker based in Ventura County, with two Ventura County firefighters on board overturned just after six this morning on Highway 246 and Purisma Road, just northeast of Lompoc.

(U.S. Air Force Photo)

Even as firefighters try to cope with the sadness over losing one of their own in a traffic accident, they are continuing to make progress in dealing with Santa Barbara County’s Canyon Fire.

The 12,000 acre blaze on Vandenberg Air Force Base is now 50% contained.

More than a thousand firefighters are involved in efforts to stop the fire, which has been burning since Saturday night. 

No structures have been destroyed.

The Goleta city council last night was not quick to embrace a a new Venoco Oil proposal for the near-shore waters.

Venoco aims to shut down its Ellwood plant and platform Holly offshore in 25 years, instead of the longer timeline its on now.

One Ventura County firefighter is dead, and a second injured following a traffic accident in Santa Barbara County.

A water tender involved in efforts to fight the Canyon Fire crashed. The CHP says the accident happened off of Highway 246 near Purisma Road, outside of Lompoc just after six this morning. It ended up on its side.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials say a passenger, who was a 38 year Ventura County firefighter, was fatally injured.

The driver escaped with minor injuries. CHP investigators are trying to determine exactly what happened.

There's quite a transition taking place in Isla Vista this week.

After the end of summer break, students have started returning in big numbers for the start of the new school year.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department

A brush fire in northern Santa Barbara County has grown to about 4500 acres, and is still out of control.

The Canyon Fire is burning on the south portion of Vandenberg Air Force Base near Santa Ynez Road. No structures are reported to be in immediate danger from the fire, which started Saturday night.

The fire prompted the precautionary cancellation of at a rocket launch scheduled from Vandenberg Sunday morning.

Hundreds of firefighters are involved in battling the blaze, which is currently at zero percent containment.

With the start of classes a week away at the Central Coast’s largest college, law enforcement officials are taking extra steps to insure back to school parties don’t get out of control.

The City of San Luis Obispo’s Safety Enhancement Zone Ordinance takes effect at midnight tonight. It’s an effort to deal with issues like noise, public alcohol consumption, and large parties linked to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student community.

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