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(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to a man falling down a cliff into a culvert in Santa Barbara County, leaving him critically injured.  Santa Barbara County firefighters and Sheriff's deputies were called to Painted Cave Road, in the San Marcos Pass area at around 11 Thursday night by reports of an injured man in a culvert.

One person is dead, and three injured following what CHP officers say was a DUI traffic collision in Santa Barbara County.

It happened Thursday night on San Marcos Pass.  CHP investigators say an eastbound car crossed the center line of Highway 154 near San Marcos Road, and hit an oncoming SUV head-on.

Santa Barbara County PIO

Santa Barbara County Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a small but stubborn fire that was very visible Monday afternoon in San Marcos Pass.

The fire began at around 4:30 p.m. along the roadside on Highway 154 just before West Camino Cielo, and burned towards East Camino Cielo.

(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Firefighters are getting the upper hand on a brush fire on San Marcos Pass in Santa Barbara County which closed Highway 154. The blaze is in the area of Highway 154 and West Camino Cielo. It was reported just after 4:30 Monday afternoon, and was visible from Santa Barbara. It was at one point reported to be 15 acres, but was later downgraded to around five.

A normally busy state highway in Santa Barbara County is going to be closed from Wednesday night to Thursday night, so repairs can be made to fix damage caused by a wildfire. Caltrans is closing Highway 154 between Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday.

A brush fire which forced thousands of evacuations in Santa Barbara County this week is now 70% contained.  The 3100 Cave Fire burning off of Highway 154 in San Marcos Pass started Monday afternoon, and wind quickly whipped it out of control.  But, firefighters were able to step up and protect homes, and none were ultimately destroyed.

Rain gave firefighters a big boost Wednesday morning in their efforts to contain the 4300 acre Cave brush fire in Santa Barbara County.  San Marcos Pass received 1.1" of rain in the predawn areas, and by sunrise there was no large scale smoke visible from the 4300 acre blaze.

A brush fire that forced thousands of evacuations in Santa Barbara County has now burned more than 4200 acres of land, and is 0% contained.  

The Cave Fire started Tuesday afternoon near West Camino Cielo off of Highway 154 on San Marcos Pass.

Highway 154 is open Sunday in Santa Barbara County, after a closure due to a brush fire Saturday afternoon.

A small blaze near the 2500 block of Highway 154 closed the highway to traffic for about three hours. The roughly two acre blaze was spotted just after three p.m. Saturday, sending up a plume of smoke visible in the Goleta and Santa Barbara areas.

Precautionary evacuation orders were issued for the areas known as the Trout Club, and Painted Cave.

Two people are dead, and traffic was disrupted following a head-on crash on a major Santa Barbara County highway.

The collision happened just before 3 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 154 on San Marcos Pass, near Painted Cave Road.

CHP officers say an eastbound car crossed the highway’s center line, hitting a westbound pickup truck. The driver and a passenger in the car were pronounced dead at the scene, while the two people in the pickup truck were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries. The names of the victims haven’t been released yet.