Firefighters Continue To Make Progress Battling White Brushfire; Now 90% Contained
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 2:44pm
Firefighters continued to make progress today towards containing the White Brush Fire, which has burned more than 1900 acres of land in Santa Barbara County. The fire is now 90% contained.
Firefighters say they’re having a rough time with the northeast edge of the fire, which is in rugged, remote terrain, but note there was little movement of the fire in the Los Padres National Forest today.
More than 800 firefighters continue to battle the fire, which began Monday afternoon in the White Day use area. No homes have been destroyed.
Man Shot To Death In Ventura County; One Possible Suspect In Custody, Others Sought
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 2:24pm
One man is behind bars, and more are being sought in connection with what’s being called a gang related killing in Ventura County.
Santa Paula Police responding to a call of shots fired on the 400 block of Dartmouth Road around nine Monday night found a 21 year old man who had been shot to death.
Witnesses told officers about a vehicle fleeing the scene, which led to a chase.
Investigators say people in the car threw guns out the vehicle’s windows as they tried to elude officers.
The vehicle eventually stopped, with one man being arrested, and two others escaping on foot.
The shooting victim has been identified as Ulises Virto, of Santa Paula. Authorities aren’t releasing the name of the man who’s in custody as a result of the pursuit.
Electrical Wires Blamed For Starting Brush Fire Which Threatened Thousands Of Santa Barbara County Homes
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 2:12pm
Two power lines coming into contact with each other are being blamed for starting a brush fire which caused a big scare in the Santa Ynez Valley, threatening thousands of homes.
The Olive Fire started just before 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, near Olive Street and Meadowvale Road.
With strong wind blowing, it quickly mushroomed to 170 acres, closing sections of Highway 246, and Highway 154.
Santa Barbara County firefighters quickly moved to protect homes, and kept the flames from destroying, or damaging homes. Some of the aircraft being used to fight the White Brush Fire, burning about 30 miles away, were diverted to help stop the spread of the flames.
The fire was fully contained at about 8 Tuesday night.
Aftershocks Continue In Wake Of Earthquake Off Santa Barbara County Coastline
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 1:45pm
A series of earthquakes has rocked Santa Barbara County.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.8 quake struck at 7:38 this morning. It was centered four miles west of Isla Vista, and about 12 miles northwest of downtown Santa Barbara. No injuries were reported, but the quake knocked items off of some shelves. People reported feeling the quake as far away as the San Fernando Valley. The magnitude was revised upwards from a 4.6, as geologists studied the quake data.
At 7:50, a second, smaller quake occurred in the same area west of Isla Vista. It was reported as a magnitude 2.6 temblor. At 8:30, there was a third quake, which was the same magnitude as the second one, 2.6, and just after noon, a 2.5 quake happened in the same general vicinity.
Gas Leak In Newbury Park Leads To Some Evacuations
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:24am
Gas company crews, and Ventura County firefighters are on the scene of a natural gas leak on the 1200 block of Newbury Road, in Newbury Park.
The leak was discovered just after 10 a.m. Authorities issued a warning to people within a half mile area of the leak, but then decided widespread evacuations were unnecessary. About 10 to 20 people have been evacuated from mobile homes, and businesses in the immediate vicinity.
At one point, authorities looked at closing the 101 Freeway because of its proximity to the leak area. but decided they didn’t need to take that step.
There no word on how long it will take to repair the broken line.
Earthquakes Rock Santa Barbara County
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:50am
A series of earthquakes has rocked Santa Barbara County.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.6 quake struck at 7:38 this morning. It was centered four miles west of Isla Vista, and about 12 miles northwest of downtown Santa Barbara. No injuries were reported, but the quake knocked items off of some shelves. People reported feeling the quake as far away as the San Fernando Valley.
At 7:50, a second, smaller quake occurred in the same area west of Isla Vista. It was reported as a magnitude 2.6 temblor. At 8:30, there was a third quake, which was the same magnitude as the second one, 2.6.
Firefighters Now Say White Brushfire In Santa Barbara County 80% Contained
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:41am
Firefighters are saying this morning they now have 80% containment of the White Brush Fire, the blaze which began in Memorial Day in Santa Barbara County which forced thousands of evacuations.
The fire has burned 1,858 acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest. The figure has actually dropped. Last night, firefighters were reporting more than 2,000 acres of land had been charred, but they say they’ve been more accurately able to map the burn area.
No homes have been destroyed, but a Forest Service building was damaged. When the fire broke out on Monday, dozens of homes were evacuated, as were thousands of campers, and others using recreational areas in the Paradise Road area.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it’s believed to have started in the White Day Use area.
Flooding Issues Keep Popular State Beach On South Coast Closed
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 7:00am
A popular state beach on the South Coast escaped indefinite closure, when some government agencies, and the community stepped up to make some critical sewer system repairs the state couldn’t afford.
Now, a new problem has sidelined McGrath State Beach, in Ventura County.
Seasonal flooding hasn’t drained from the campground as usual, and now, officials have cancelled all reservations for the popular facility for June, and July.
KCLU’s Lance Orozco has more on the problem, and efforts to do something about it.
Click on link to listen to/download story: McGrath Flooding
Former Accounting Firm Executive From Agoura Hills Enters Guilty Plea To Securities Fraud
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:26am
An Agoura Hills man who was a former senior partner with a major accounting firm entered a guilty plea to a securities fraud charge.
Officials with the United States Attorney’s office in Los Angeles, and the FBI say Scott London provided confidential information about KPMG clients to a close friend of his, who used the information to make highly profitable, but illegal securities trades.
Prosecutors say London agreed to plead guilty to one felony count, which carries a maximum 20 year prison term.
Investigators say the senior executive passed confidential information to his friend, Bryan Shaw for more than two years.
They say Shaw paid London for the information with tens of thousands of dollars in cash, and expensive gifts. FBI officials say Shaw turned informant, working with agents to catch London in the process of picking up payoffs for information. Shaw entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy, and will be sentenced in September.
House Fire In Conejo Valley Being Called Arson
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 12:12am
Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say they’re looking for an arsonist who set fire to a Conejo Valley home, forcing an elderly woman to flee for her life.
It happened sometime after three yesterday morning.
A fire was discovered burning the garage of a home at 69 Wales Street, in Thousand Oaks.
Firefighters were able to stop the fire before it could spread from the garage, to the home. No one was hurt.
Officials aren’t saying what started the fire, but confirm it was intentionally set.
Investigators are looking for anyone who might have notices a suspicious person, or vehicle in the neighborhood.