Drought Stories

City Pools Fill Up as Temperature Heat Up

Pools fill up as temperatures heat up

The summertime community pools in Santa Barbara are a priority for recreation and…

CalFire Snuffs Out Brushfire West of Templeton


Fast-moving grassfire burns more than 10 acres on Santa Rita Ranchos Property

River Park Fire Quickly Contained

A brush fire burned 1.7 acres at River Park just outside of Lompoc Tuesday.

Santa Barbara County Responds to Grand Jury Lake Cachuma Report


There's a new reality for Lake Cachuma. The Santa Barbara County Civil Grand Jury…

Nipomo Facing Increased Water Shortage Condition

Recent well testing has shown Nipomo's groundwater supply has reached a "Stage 4"…

Bear Sightings Lead to a Warning on Carpinteria's Franklin Trail

Bear sightings on popular Carpinteria trail

Hikers on the Franklin Trail in Carpinteria say they have heard of a bear warning…

Living In Extreme Fire Danger in Central Coast Backcountry


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

Sherpa Fire Exposes Extreme Fire Danger on Central Coast


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…

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

Weedwackers and similar power tools can spark fires

Weedwackers and similar power tools can spark fires

landscapers, firefighters and garden experts offer power tool advice to prevent…

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

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