Containment Improving but Wilderness Burns
Only wilderness areas remain uncontained as fire battle continues to improve, expanded closures and erosion mitigation efforts begin in burnt areas. Read story.
Changed to Warnings Under Improved Conditions
Additional Evacuation Orders, Warnings Downgraded in La Brea Fire as conditions improve Read story.
Little growth, big efforts toward containment
Slow growth for fire as suppression efforts succeed and previous burns slow progress. Read story.
Spread Slows As Containment Efforts Grow to 75%
Firefighting focus will be shoring up the east flank to hold fire advance, 75% containment achieved; community meeting in the evening. Read story.
Slow Growth, More Containment, Evacuation Changes
Best day in a week for firefighters, with slow growth, low fire activity and strong advances in containment; southeast remains most active. Read story.
Downgraded to Evacuation Warnings
Tepusquet, Colson, and Ruiz Canyons and some rural roads downgraded to evacuation warnings at noon. Los Padres Forest still closed as firefighting continues. Read story.
Success on Saturday Improves Suppression Efforts
New lines drawn and preventive measures increase confidence of increased containment; western flank focus of efforts, while east remains difficult. Read story.
Strides Made in Containment and Holding
Day ends with more containment, most of the fire growth due to controlled defensive burns, as hard work seems to be paying off. Read story.
Evidence Points to Illegal Cooking Fire as Cause of the 84,000-Acre Blaze
Bizarre twist to La Brea fire investigation as evidence points to a cooking fire in an illegal marijuana cultivation camp; the suspects may still be in fire area. Read story.
Unique Water Bomber Refills from Cachuma
Pelican-like aircraft a first for our county in battling blazes from flight-refillable water bomber. Read story.
Another 10,000 Acres Gone; Back-fires and Burn Outs Continue
Backfires and burnouts; torching fuel remains best weapon for the 1,980 crew fighting a 75,486 acre wildland blaze. Containment improves to 25 percent. Read story.
Image from Colson Canyon Ridge Shows Difficulty of Task
Why take just one picture when you can stitch five together? Read story.
View from the West Side Shows a Fire Totally Out of Control
Ray reports on the fire from the top of Colson Canyon last night. Read story.
Blaze Reported to Have Grown Considerably South of Carp
A blaze south of Carpinteria has reportedly grown considerably. Read story.
Skies filled with smoke, some homes threatened by 67,000 acre blaze
Week-old Santa Maria area blaze threatens some homes and fills skies with smoke. Doubling in size since Thursday, 67,092 acres torched as 1,859 personnel now fight fire with fire. Read story.