Drought Stories

Firefighters Fight 11 Acre Fire in Nipomo

Cal Fire was called out to the intersection of Scenic View Way and Camino Mariposa…

Oak Park Wading Pool Used To Water Trees

Oak Park Wading Pool Used To Water Trees

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

Cuyama Valley Solar Farm Moving Forward

Santa Barbara County's first, large solar energy project has cleared another hurdle.

Santa Barbara Supervisors to Review Cuyama Solar Project

Amid the political debate over the future of high intensity oil and gas extraction…

Santa Barbara Water Users Saved 25 Percent In August


New numbers have just been released that show Santa Barbara water users conserved 25…

Local woman challenges Californians to try a new water-saving take on the Challenge

New Spin on the Ice Bucket Challenge Emerges

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become a sensation viewed 'round the world.

Showers Turned Off at Some Santa Barbara County Beaches

County Beach Showers Closed

Santa Barbara County is turning off outside showers at several beaches to save water…

SB Sups Review Chumash Casino Expansion

The expansion project includes a proposed 12-story, 215 room hotel tower that was…

Tree Survival During A Drought


Warm days, blue sky and still no rain. Month after month of hot, dry days has many…

Ants Marching Relentlessly in Search of Water During Drought

Ant Infestation

The ants are marching this summer, in search of water with the drought parched dirt…

Water Use May Change Your Buying Habits for Fruits and Vegetables

Crop Water Usage

Juicy fruits and fresh crisp vegetables are perfect foods for your body,  but they…

Flushless Urinal Saving Water At Local Restaurant

A waterless urinal at Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach is saving the restaurant tens of…

Drought Slideshows

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…

Slideshow: Santa Barbara Taps Into Wells To Help Drought

The City of Santa Barbara is once again starting to pump water from its wells.

Drought Videos

New Spin on the Ice Bucket Challenge Emerges

New Spin on the Ice Bucket Challenge Emerges

Local woman creates alternative: the five gallon challenge.

Solvang Plans to Build New Wells

The city of Solvang is working on a new well project, which could increase water…

Early Wine Harvest


Winemakers on the Central Coast started harvesting two weeks early because of…

Local Golf Course Saving Water

Hunter Ranch Golf Course recently made major renovations to its fairways that will…

Water Wasters Update

A hotline number and a website to report water wasters in Santa Barbara has been a…

Christmas Trees Not Growing Because Of Drought

Solvang Christmas Tree Burn

Hidden Springs Tree Farm is a 10-acre forest full of pine trees. Each year, during…

Local Weather Forecasts

Midday First Alert Forecast

Temperatures continue to rise in the afternoon as some places approach the 90s and triple digits.  Sunny skies accompany the heat as well as gusty winds in the afternoon.

Hot Start to Workweek

The heat continues into the beginning of this week as daytime highs at the coast climb into the 70s and 80s and in the valleys, up to 100 or more in some spots.  We'll see mostly…

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

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