New Book Looks At Story Behind Anacapa Island, Closest Of The Channel Islands To Coast

It’s the closest of the Channel Islands to the mainland. Yet, it’s still a mystery to most people, because they’ve never visited it. Now, Anacapa Island is the focus of a new book which looks at its habitat and history.

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Firefighters are mopping up a brush fire off of Highway 118, near the Ventura-Los Angeles County line.

The three acre plus blaze broke just after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday near Rocky Peak Road.

Ventura, Los Angeles City, and Los Angeles County firefighters responded to the scene, which is in very rugged terrain.  It turned out the fire was in LA County, but firefighters from all three agencies are involved in the fire.

No structures were damaged.  Firefighters aided by helicopters had the upper hand on the blaze in less than an hour.  There’s no word on a cause.

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Santa Barbara County has announced plans to shut down a center for Thomas Fire, and Flood victims.

The Montecito Center opened in March as a resource for fire and flood victims to find centralized aid and information. Plans called for it to be open for three to six months. The demand for help has decreased with many people already connecting with support and resources they need towards recovering from the disasters.

Center officials say more than 700 residents have been served at the facility.  

The monster Thomas Brush Fire, which tore through parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties several months ago, is no longer the largest fire in the state’s history.

The Thomas Fire burned 281,000 acres of land last December and January. That was eclipsed this week by the Mendocino Complex Fire, which has now charred more than 290,000 acres.

It’s the closest of the Channel Islands to the mainland. Yet, it’s still a mystery to most people, because they’ve never visited it. Now, Anacapa Island is the focus of a new book which looks at its habitat and history.

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Research from a South Coast university finds that only a small percentage of the ocean is left relatively untouched.

UC Santa Barbara Marine Biology professor Ben Halpern was among scientists involved in an international study on just how much ocean can be classified as wilderness -- meaning that it has hardly been touched by human activity and remains pristine. The answer is only 13%.

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