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It’s been a nerve wracking week for tens of thousands of people in Ventura County who became evacuees as a result of mandatory evacuations due to the Easy, and Maria brush fires.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco was in a Santa Paula neighborhood Friday afternoon when hundreds of people were ordered to leave because of the surging Maria fire.

Firefighters were able to stop the flames, but for hundreds of residents of the neighborhood it was an experience they will never forget.  

(Ventura County Fire Department photo)

A brush fire has burned 1300 acres of rugged hillsides in eastern Ventura County, and has prompted evacuations. The Easy Fire is between Simi Valley and Moorpark.  County firefighters say 6500 homes are considered to be at risk.   It started near Easy Street just after 6 Wednesday morning, and high wind pushed it south along Highway 23, into the hills around the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

An effort to renovate, and upgrade a more than four decade old outdoor amphitheater on the Central Coast got a big boost, with a $100,000 pledge from the Chumash Tribe.

The Solvang Festival Theater opened in 1974. The 700 seat theater is one of the homes of the PCPA, the Pacific Conservatory Theater.

UC Santa Barbara has an impressive academic reputation, but a new survey by a college ranking organization places it number one in a less than stellar category. The latest edition of the Princeton Review says UCSB is number one in the nation for hard liquor consumption. The new version of the annual survey also puts UCSB sixth in the country for party schools.

A 911 call about a murder had led to the discovery of a possible murder scene in Ventura County, as well an arrest, but no body.

Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies went to a home on Meyer Road in Meiners Oaks on Sunday. They found a bloody scene at the house which fit with a homicide. No body was found at the scene.

The founder of a one of a kind non-profit in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties which helps women start, or expand businesses is retiring. Women’s Economic Ventures CEO Marsha Bailey is stepping down after nearly three decades on the job.

The South Coast’s newest park is a hidden gem, featuring rolling hills and a creek, but this property almost became a residential neighborhood.

The preservation of the 20-acre-plus open space area just west of Elings Park in Santa Barbara is the result of years of work.

It’s a mystery which triggered a literary disaster on an epic scale in Southern California. In 1986 an arson fire ripped through the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.   The unsolved mystery led to a new, critically acclaimed work: “The Library Book,” about libraries by award-winning author Susan Orlean. She’s speaking about the project this week on the South Coast.

The latest in a string of storms to impact the Central and South Coasts is going to move through the region Friday night and Saturday morning, but no issues are expected in the region’s brush fire burn areas. We could see a half inch to inch of rain on the coast and inland, and up to two inches in the mountains and foothills.

December 4th marks the one year anniversary of the deadly and destructive Thomas brush fire, which killed two people, destroyed more than a thousand structures, and charred more than 280,000 acres of land in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

As part of ongoing recovery efforts, Women’s Economic Ventures and Wells Fargo are making $450,000 dollars in grants to some impacted small businesses in the region.

The massive Woolsey brush fire in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties is now fully contained.

The 96,000 acre fire was declared fully contained Wednesday. The fire began on November 8th.

“Monday Night Football” returns to Los Angeles for the first time in 33 years Monday, and it will commemorate victims and first responders from the Thousand Oaks shooting and the Southern California wildfires.

Players from both the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs will wear hats honoring first responders, including the Ventura County Fire Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The hats and game jerseys will later be auctioned off to benefit relief efforts.

The discovery of a bat with rabies in Santa Barbara County has prompted a call for pet owners to insure their animals are vaccinated against the disease.

The bat was discovered in Lompoc.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services officials say rabies can be transmitted to a pet if a rabid wild animal like a bat or skunk bites it. It’s rare for humans to get it, but it can be fatal if untreated.

It’s a busy morning at a South Coast bakery.

People are ordering pastries and buying freshly made baguettes at Ventura’s Café Ficelle. The South Mills Road bakery and café is doing booming business for a place that’s been open for less than a year. But, there’s a lot of excitement because the man behind the business has been invited to represent the U.S. at an event in France which is like the Super Bowl of bread baking.

(National Park Service photo)

Firefighters are continuing to mop up a brush fire that’s now been burning for more than a week in the Channel Islands.

Containment is now up to 80% on the fire which started March 27th on Santa Cruz Island.

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