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La Brea Fire Evening Report for Saturday

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.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fire Investigators Suspect La Brea Fire Caused by Marijuana Cultivation

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.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Super Scooper Works La Brea Fire

Pelican-like aircraft a first for our county in battling blazes from flight-refillable water bomber. Read story.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

La Brea Fire Report for Saturday

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.

Originally published 9:23 a.m., August 15, 2009
Updated 3:32 p.m., August 15, 2009

Pano Provides Perspective

Why take just one picture when you can stitch five together? Read story.

Friday, August 14, 2009

La Brea Fire Proves Almost Impossible to Contain

Ray reports on the fire from the top of Colson Canyon last night. Read story.

Friday, August 14, 2009

La Brea Fire Report for Friday

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.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Another Blaze Burning in Santa Maria

Firefighters are now being dispatched to fight a fire on Palmer Road in addition to La Brea Fire. Read story.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Expanded Evacuation Orders Issued in La Brea Fire

Changing conditions force additional evacuations in western flank. Read story.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday Morning, La Brea Fire

Some success in building and holding ridge lines despite fire's growth, more than 36,000 acres consumed, 1,600 personnel involved. Read story.

Originally published 8:27 a.m., August 13, 2009
Updated 12:00 p.m., August 13, 2009

La Brea Burning Big

The Santa Barbara backcountry is yet again ablaze as the La Brea Fire continues to torch the deepest reaches of Los Padres National Forest, with sky-high smoke clouds visible for miles and nearly 25,724 acres consumed as of press time. Read story.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Erratic Winds Push La Brea Fire North and West

While La Brea Fire increased almost 50 percent in size in the last 24 hours, not all news is bad. Read story.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

La Brea Fire Investigators Seek Public's Help

Forest Service calls for assistance in finding van or people seen in area where wildfire started. Read story.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

La Brea Fire Wednesday Morning Report

Another 6,000 acres gone, limited containment, but fire remains in National Forest. Read story.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

La Brea Fire Tops 20,000 acres, Jumps Sierra Madre Ridge

The La Brea Fire increases in size dramatically but the worst could be over. Read story.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Multicultural Craft Program: Japan

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