Judge Rules That “Hot Work” Statute Does Not Apply to Defendant’s Use of a Weed Cutter
Court rules against DA theory a "hot work" permit is required for use of a weed cutter. Read story.
Attorneys for Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen, accused of illegal actions that may have led to the start of the devastating Jesusita Fire, plan to file briefs addressing what sort of activities require a hot work permit. Read story.
Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen Still Face Misdemeanor Charges
Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen still face misdemeanor charges. Read story.
Some Santa Barbara Fire Survivors Are Choosing to Rebuild Their Homes Greener and Safer
Some Santa Barbara fire survivors are choosing to rebuild their homes greener and safer. Read story.
Environmental Group May Sue Fire Agencies for Retardant Drops That Killed Steelhead
Environmental group may sue fire agencies for retardant drops that killed steelhead. Read story.
Misdemeanors Could Mean Fines, Jail Time, and Civil Penalties for Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen
Misdemeanors could mean fines, jail time, and civil penalties for Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen. Read story.
The Ins and Outs of the Post-Wildfire Insurance Tango
Ethan Stewart looks into the details of wildfire insurance. Read story.
Tea Fire Began November 13, 2009
When the Tea Fire erupted in the foothills of Montecito a year ago this Friday, it scared the Santa Barbara community out of its wits, burned up 2,000 acres, and destroyed 210 homes. Read story.
Fire at Vandenberg Burned 450 Acres
A small brush fire grew rapidly under yesterday's strong winds, but authorities expect to have it contained today. Read story.
300-Acre Fire Moving Southwest
A 300-acre fire is moving southwest on the Air Force base; authorities have dedicated air tankers and fire crews. Read story.
Investigation Notes Given to DA for Assessment of Culpability
The investigation notes have been given to the District Attorney to be used in determining any possible culpability. Read story.
Red Flag Alert over, Mop Up Continues
Red Flag alert expired as small team of 295 continue clean up and mitigation work; fire closure area reduced. Read story.
Maps Identify Areas to Be Sprayed
Maps provide a close look at locations of Jesusita Fire hydromulching. Read story.
Interior Burn Kicks Up, No Threat Posed
Smoke kicks up from interior burn; Manzanita Mt. monitored, no threat as Emergency Closure area reduced. Read story.
Hot, Dry Weather Requires Careful Watch
Red Flag alert in effect due to hot, dry weather; area under careful watch as mop up continues. Read story.