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Sherpa Fire Update

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The Sherpa wildfire continues to burn northwest of Goleta.  As of 10:15am Tuesday, the fire is 70 percent contained.  So far the blaze has consumed close to 8000 acres.  Additional firefighters have arrived – bringing the total number of fire personnel on scene to just under 22 hundred.  Evacuation orders in the surrounding communities remain in effect.  However much of …

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Sherpa Fire Now In It’s Sixth Day

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Fire crews are now in their sixth day of battling the Sherpa wildfire burning west of Goleta.  Authorities say the blaze is as stubborn as they come, with winds as high as 55 miles per hour hampering efforts to control it.  The U.S. Forest Service said the fire was 51-percent contained as of Sunday night.  Nearly 8,000 acres have been …

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House Fire In SLO

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Eight people have been displaced by a fire that burned a home in San Luis Obispo Sunday  afternoon.  The fire started shortly before 5:00 p.m. at a home on the 1100 block of Atascadero Street in the Laguna Lake area.  The fire had quickly spread to neighboring structures due to all the high winds. The interior of the main structure …

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Sherpa Fire Now Over 4,000 Acres, Doubling In Size Overnight

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The Sherpa Fire continues to burn out of control in Refugio Canyon area near Goleta.  The fire has more than doubled in size since last night.  According to the latest official estimates, the fire has now burned 4000 acres.  As of 7AM Friday morning, the fire is 5% contained.  More than 12-hundred fire fighters are battling the blaze with multiple …

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Sherpa Fire Closes Portions of Hwy 101

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A portion of Highway 101 was closed and evacuations were ordered due to a large brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon between Gaviota and Goleta. The fire started off of Refugio Road, in the vicinity of the Sherpa Ranch Wednesday afternoon before 3:30pm.  Shortly after midnight this morning, the Sherpa fire had consumed 1,100 acres. Several hundred firefighters are …

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Justin Vineyards Expansion Haulted

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Justin Vineyards in Paso Robles has halted all work on its expansion project after receiving several code violation notices from the County.  The stop-work order comes after Justin winery had cut down hundreds of oak trees on the property without required permits – causing a public outcry.  The expansion project included an irrigation pond and additional rows of vines on …

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Achadjian Trailing Fareed, Votes Still Being Counted

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Santa Barbara County released updated election results Tuesday showing a larger gap between Republicans Justin Fareed and Katcho Achadjian for the second place spot in the 24th District Congressional race.  One week after California Primary Election Day, Fareed now leads Achadjian by over 2 percentage points – a difference of more than 4,000 votes. There are still ballots left to …

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Possible False Alarm Of Gas Leak In Avila Beach

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No evidence of a possible natural gas leak was found after someone reported an unknown odor in Avila Beach Tuesday. CAL FIRE says a call came in around 10am with a report of a gas leak at a housing complex along San Miguel Street. Road closures were set up in the area.  After their investigation revealed no sign of leak, …

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Fire In Paso Salvage Yard

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A fire erupted in a salvage yard near Paso Robles Monday evening. Crews from CAL FIRE and Paso Robles Fire Department were dispatched to a salvage yard near Highway 101 north of Paso Robles around 5:30 PM.  Upon arrival, they found 10 to 15 cars engulfed in flames.  The fire was contained.  The cause is still under investigation.

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Farming Community Upset Over Deforestation In Paso

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The farming community of Paso Robles voiced their outrage at a meeting held Monday regarding a local winery cutting down hundreds of oak trees.  The deforestation by Justin Vineyards is being done to make way for additional rows of vines and an irrigation pond.  The winery applied to build a 20-acre-foot pond but said no trees would be removed.  While …

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