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Drought Stories

Living In Extreme Fire Danger in Central Coast Backcountry

SM FIRE READINESS

Drought has made fire readiness a year-round way of life.

Sherpa Fire Exposes Extreme Fire Danger on Central Coast

CAMINO CIELO HOMES

Backcountry residents prepared for long, nervous fire season.

80,000 Acre Refugio Fire Of 1955

80 000 Acre Watershed Fire Of 1955

An old documentary has surfaced showing the last fire that burned in the Sherpa Fire…

Sheared Hydrant Floods Santa Barbara Neighborhood, Driver Flees Scene

Claire Scholl photo

A car crash in a Santa Barbara neighborhood just before 10 p.m. Sunday flooded…

Viewer Images Of The Sherpa Fire

Viewer Images Of Sherpa Fire

Some of the most dramatic images of the Sherpa fire are coming from viewers.…

Fire Restrictions Ramp Up In Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres National Forest officials will implement Level III fire restrictions…

Los Padres National Forest Closures

Standing dead trees have created hazards across the forest and surrounding…

Drought Taking Toll on Lake Lopez

DRY LAKE LOPEZ

Park Rangers preparing to close boat ramp before July 4th.

UPDATE: Fish & Wildlife Expert Weighs In On Mystery Cat

Mountain Lion Cub Captured On Home Surveillance Camera

The latest encounter with a mountain lion happened about 10:30 pm Wednesday night in…

Boy Bitten By Rattlesnake Receives Medal Of Bravery For Saving His Dog

Kid Bitten By Rattlesnake

Cottage Hospital presented 5-year-old Lennon Knox a medal of bravery for saving his…

Ventura County Installs Drought Friendly Concrete

Kelsey Gerckens photo

The Ventura County Public Works Agency is showing off its new porous concrete.

State Water Conservation Order Lifted

Water Harvesting Class Available in Santa Barbara

The State Water Resources Control Board is lifting its 20 percent water conservation…

Drought Slideshows

Slideshow: Montecito Union School Gets Mulch Makeover

There's a crunchy new addition in the Montecito Union School's front yard.

Slideshow: 100-Foot Tall Landmark Tree Cut Down

A landmark tree in Santa Barbara is being cut down after 115 years.

Slideshow: Oak Park Pool Water Pumping

Since it's the end of the swimming season, the pool needed to be emptied. But…

Slideshow: Drought-Tolerant Landscape Cuts Back On Water Use

Up to 50 percent of all water use in Santa Barbara is used on landscaping. If…

Slideshow: Ventura Riverbed Fire Stopped at 20 Acres

Crews on scene have gained control of a fire in Ventura county that's burned at…

Slideshow: Goleta Home Fully Engulfed in Flames

Santa Barbara County and City fire crews are working to put out a house fire in…

Drought Videos

water order lifted by state, but conservation still needed

water order lifted by state but conservation still needed

state water board lifts restrictions in favor of local control

Spirit of Services awards honored people and organizations

Spirit of Services awards honored people and organizations

santa barbara bowl and teacher among those honored by looking good santa barbara

Desalination purchase not a done deal yet

Desalination purchase not a done deal yet

Santa Barbara will get water before Montecito Water District deal is done

Bees distrupt tree removal on lower State St.

Bees distrupt tree removal on lower State St

Rotten palm tree full of honey bees

Earth Day event at Plaza Park in Oxnard

Earth Day event at Plaza Park in Oxnard

Earth Day event welcomes rain with enthusiasm

water concervation efforts miss mark in state

water concervation efforts miss mark in state

Local district say they are doing better but more needs to be done as drought…

 
2 areas are now under advisories, watches or severe weather warnings.

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