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‘I had no idea the flames could go that fast’: Goleta devastated by fire as record heat burns path of destruction

‘I had no idea the flames could go that fast’: Goleta devastated by fire as record heat burns path of destruction

By ANDREA CASTILLO, JOHN WILKENS and TERI FIGUEROA Firefighters on Saturday were battling a destructive fire that snaked through a hillside area of Goleta, one of several blazes that destroyed homes amid a record-setting heat wave in Southern California. Fire personnel spent the night and morning in pitched battle against the Holiday fire, which exploded Friday night amid 100-degree […]

Southern California braces for heavy rainstorm Monday, threatening burn areas with runoff

Southern California braces for heavy rainstorm Monday, threatening burn areas with runoff

Southern California is bracing for the first significant rainstorm to hit the region in nearly a year, beginning Monday and with the heaviest rain expected in some burn areas, forecasters said. Almost four inches of rain is expected in eastern Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County over 12 hours from Monday evening through Tuesday […]

Evacuation orders lifted in Santa Barbara County as crews tame massive Thomas fire

Evacuation orders lifted in Santa Barbara County as crews tame massive Thomas fire

Authorities lifted all evacuation orders in Santa Barbara County on Thursday morning as fire crews continued to slow the spread of the massive Thomas fire. Gusty winds continued to wash over Southern California but had little effect on the efforts of firefighters’ efforts to contain the massive Thomas fire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara […]

New evacuation orders issued as winds pick up, threatening hundreds of homes in Montecito, Calif.

New evacuation orders issued as winds pick up, threatening hundreds of homes in Montecito, Calif.

MONTECITO, Calif. — New evacuation orders were issued in Santa Barbara County Saturday morning as the Thomas fire moved toward the hills above Montecito, with some wind gusts reported up to 65 mph. The so-called sundowner winds are pushing south from the mountains down to the coast — removing moisture along the way — and […]

Coast Fire Breaks Out In Lompoc, Santa Barbara County

Coast Fire Breaks Out In Lompoc, Santa Barbara County

Another wildfire broke out in Southern California Thursday afternoon, this time in Santa Barbara County. The Coast Fire started at about 12:45 p.m. local time near San Julian Road south of Lompoc …

California Wildfires Force New Evacuations

California Wildfires Force New Evacuations

New evacuations were ordered in Santa Barbara county in Southern California Sunday morning as the largest wildfire currently burning in the state threatened a number of coastal towns. Residents …

The Mythical Housing Affordability Crisis

The Mythical Housing Affordability Crisis

Refugio oil spill testing results commented on by Santa Barbara County

Refugio oil spill testing results commented on by Santa Barbara County

Authorities search for man infected with highly contagious drug-resistant tuberculosis

Authorities search for man infected with highly contagious drug-resistant tuberculosis

Santa Barbara County: A man with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis discontinued treatment over two weeks ago.  Twenty four year old Agustin Zeferino contracted a drug resistant strain of the disease and was receiving drugs to combat it.  He is believed to still be in the area, shop having ties with people in Santa […]