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Air Tankers, Copters Bombard Scherpa Blaze

Nearly 220,000 gallons of retardant pumped by Santa Maria crews into red skies. Read story.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Scherpa, Sherpa, or Chirpa?

The ranch’s real name means “Lucky Strike,” a California gold rush expression. Read story.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Map of the Scherpa Fire

Currently burning 4,000 acres; at five percent containment. Read story.

Friday, June 17, 2016

S.B. City to Resume Hydrant Flushing

Partners with contractor to recycle and refresh water. Read story.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Scherpa Fire: Friday Morning Update

Grows to 4,000 acres; reaches Highway 101; evacuations still in place. Read story.

Originally published 12:23 a.m., June 17, 2016
Updated 6:30 a.m., June 17, 2016

Scherpa Fire Closes 101, Calle Real

Flames burning meadows along the roads. Read story.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Scherpa Fire Edges Closer to ExxonMobil Refinery

Flames were seen Thursday night near the Las Flores Canyon facility. Read story.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Second Wildfire Reported Near Knapp's Castle

It's the size of a football field and growing. Read story.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Scherpa Fire: Thursday Morning Update

"It's getting bigger as we speak," says County Fire Chief Eric Peterson. Read story.

Originally published 12:21 p.m., June 16, 2016
Updated 1:58 p.m., June 16, 2016

New Off-Leash Dog Area Proposed for MacKenzie Park

City holds meeting this evening at park to discuss plan. Read story.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Santa Maria Branch Jail Likely Staying Open

And Deputy Sheriff's Association reaches tentative deal with county. Read story.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Vaccination Records to be Reviewed by Public Health

Department will determine if any medical exemptions don't meet criteria. Read story.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Carbajal, Fareed Voice Conflicting Gun Control Views

Congressional candidates weigh in on Senate proposals. Read story.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Soap Opera Star Faces Felony DUI

Jensen Buchanan allegedly responsible for May 18 injury crash on Highway 154. Read story.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Guilty Verdicts for Panga Boat Smugglers

Two convicted of trafficking two tons of marijuana from Mexico to S.B. Read story.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
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