No Current Fires in Santa Barbara County

Suspicious Smoke Has Drifted from Ventura Blaze, Officials Note

Smoke hovering over Camino Cielo, between Highway 154 and Refugio Road, is not coming from any fire in the county but instead is from the fire burning in the hills east of Ventura. This was noted by County Fire spokesperson Capt. Dave Sadecki, possibly to calm the nerves of the wildfire-phobic Santa Barbara County residents who have been spotting smoke in the sky and fearing the worst.

The smoke is also unrelated to Sunday’s eight-acre blaze in Los Padres National Forest, which members of a US Forest Service fire crew successfully extinguished within hours of it igniting. the San Marcos Volunteer Fire Department was also on hand to offer assistance.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Plastic Bags? Throw ‘Em Away

Santa Barbara County makes recycling rules tougher in face of exacting standards.

UCSB Ranked Number Three in UC System

Cal and UCLA took the one and two spots.

Pini Property Fights Continue

As an epic attorney battle continues in the Dario Pini receivership, a tenant is getting fed up.

MTD Takes Stand Against Prop. 6

The bus company is concerned about the state funding it relies upon.

County Half-Jokes It Wants Cannabis ‘World Domination’

A government executive implores growers to get legal before time runs out.