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Smoke from the Detwiler Fire. (NBC photo) Smoke from the Detwiler Fire. (NBC photo)

Detwiler Fire grows to 70,000+ acres, destroys 45 structures

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Authorities say a stubborn wildfire burning in foothills west of Yosemite National Park has now destroyed 45 structures while forcing thousands of people from their homes.    

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Bicyclist hit by train, killed while riding on tracks in Goleta

Fire officials say a bicyclist was hit and killed on the tracks in Goleta Thursday. (Photo: Mike Eliason/SB Co. Fire) Fire officials say a bicyclist was hit and killed on the tracks in Goleta Thursday. (Photo: Mike Eliason/SB Co. Fire)
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A man in his 50s was hit and killed by a train in Goleta Thursday afternoon, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. 

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Air quality warning canceled for Santa Barbara County

Hazy conditions due to smoke can be seen near the Whittier Fire on July 13. (Photo: Mike Eliason/SB Co. Fire) Hazy conditions due to smoke can be seen near the Whittier Fire on July 13. (Photo: Mike Eliason/SB Co. Fire)
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An air quality warning issued for Santa Barbara County 10 days ago has now been canceled. 

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OJ Simpson granted parole

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O.J. Simpson will be paroled after serving nine years in prison for a botched bid to retrieve sports memorabilia in Las Vegas.  

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Truck driver convicted in deadly 2014 Christmas Eve crash sentenced to prison

Philip Ken Trujillo Philip Ken Trujillo
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A judge Thursday denied the request for a new trial for Philip Trujillo before sentencing him to six years in state prison. 

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Central Coast Living: Santa Maria Style BBQ Video included

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     Santa Maria style barbecue is an important part of the Central Coast's dining experience.

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Microclimate temps rule thru the weekend

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The Central Coast sits on the western edge of a ridge of high pressure covering the central U.S. To our west the jet is in a trough position so the flow over the Central Coast is SW, this promotes microclimate conditions where the interior can be warm but generally not blazing hot. I like another day with inland temps in the upper 90s while coastal areas experience 60s and 70s at the beaches and 70s and 80s in the coastal valleys. Afternoon breeze Thursday of 15-20 from the NW at th... More>>

UPDATE: Woman killed in crash on Highway 246 outside Buellton

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A woman's body was found underneath her crashed SUV Wednesday night along Highway 246 in Santa Barbara County, firefighters said.

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Family, friends mourn Lompoc teen believed to have drowned in Lake Isabella Video included

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A body believed to be that of a missing Lompoc teen was found Wednesday morning in Lake Isabella outside of Bakersfield.

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Summer Baseball: SLO Blues rally for a walk-off win over SB Foresters Video included

SLO Blues rally for a ninth-inning 5-4 win SLO Blues rally for a ninth-inning 5-4 win
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The San Luis Obispo Blues rallied from a three-run deficit for a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth for a 5-4 victory over the Santa Barbara Foresters on Wednesday night at Sinsheimer Park. 

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Prepping for front-country firing operations at Whittier Fire

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While some crews are being released from the Whittier Fire, others are preparing firing operations in the front country above Goleta.

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Alamo Fire 100% contained

A firefighter works to put out hot spots at the Alamo Fire. (KSBY photo) A firefighter works to put out hot spots at the Alamo Fire. (KSBY photo)
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It took nearly two weeks but the Alamo Fire east of Santa Maria is now fully contained, according to CAL FIRE.

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Safe & Secure: Examples of how defensible space saves homes in wildfires Video included

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During this fire season, sadly we've seen a lot of homes go in flames, but firefighters have also saved a lot of homes in large part because the homeowners gave their property a fighting chance, or what fire crews call defensible space.

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More containment reported for wildfires northeast of Paso Robles

The Garza Fire (Courtesy: CAL FIRE) The Garza Fire (Courtesy: CAL FIRE)
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CAL FIRE provided updates Wednesday evening on two fires burning near Parkfield and seen from northern San Luis Obispo County.

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Detwiler Fire near Mariposa burns 29 structures Video included

Firefighters at the Detwiler Fire. (Photo courtesy Lompoc City Fire Department) Firefighters at the Detwiler Fire. (Photo courtesy Lompoc City Fire Department)
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The Detwiler Fire, burning in the rugged mountains outside of Yosemite National Park, has destroyed eight structures and forced thousands of nearby residents to flee their homes. 

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Judge rules Grover Beach dog attack case can go to trial Video included

Alex Geiger listens to testimony at his preliminary hearing Wednesday. Alex Geiger listens to testimony at his preliminary hearing Wednesday.
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A San Luis Obispo County judge decided Wednesday there is enough evidence to move the case of a deadly Grover Beach dog mauling to trial.

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Fire Safe Demonstration House dedicated at Mid-State Fair Video included

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A dedication ceremony of the Fire Safe Demonstration House was held Wednesday to honor Es Berliner. 

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Santa Maria's new police chief talks about future of department Video included

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KSBY reporter Megan Abundis sat down with Hansen to talk about his goals for the city.   

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Fire retardant can damage your vehicle if not washed off immediately Video included

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To stop the forward spread of yesterday's Bridge Fire in Cambria, fire crews dropped retardant, some of which landed on home and vehicles. 

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Not all drivers willing to stop for Templeton four-way intersection Video included

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For those who commute along Highway 46 West in Templeton on a regular basis, a new four-way stop at Vineyard Drive may have come as a surprise. 

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Mid-State Fair debuts new livestock arena Video included

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A new barn is housing the FFA animals this year at the California Mid-State Fair. 

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Most Wanted Wednesday: Bianca Danielle Hicks Video included

Bianca Danielle Hicks Bianca Danielle Hicks
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Bianca Danielle Hicks, 27, is the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Most Wanted Wednesday suspect this week. 

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Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

Sen. John McCain (Jacquelyn Martin / AP file) Sen. John McCain (Jacquelyn Martin / AP file)
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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) announced Wednesday that a tumor was discovered in his brain during the course of surgery to remove a blood clot.

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Sparks fly at Cuesta College mobile welding trailer during Mid-State Fair Video included

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Cuesta College’s nationally-recognized welding team is setting up shop this week at the California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.

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$12k in clean-up, repairs underway at Adam Basin following county fair Video included

The Adam Basin parking lot serves as a spot for RVs during the county fair. (KSBY Photo) The Adam Basin parking lot serves as a spot for RVs during the county fair. (KSBY Photo)
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Repair crews are set to hit the field at the Adam Basin parking lot in Santa Maria to fix destruction made by the Santa Barbara County Fair this previous week.  

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Historic Cold Spring Tavern reopens after Whittier Fire Video included

Cold Spring Tavern (KSBY photo) Cold Spring Tavern (KSBY photo)
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After shutting down when evacuations were ordered during the Whittier Fire, the historic Cold Spring Tavern reopened its doors on Wednesday. 

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Police investigate fatal crash on Highway 41 in Atascadero Video included

Police investigate a fatal crash on Highway 41 West in Atascadero. (KSBY photo) Police investigate a fatal crash on Highway 41 West in Atascadero. (KSBY photo)
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Atascadero police are investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Highway 41 at Old Morro Road on Wednesday. 

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Money raised from pig sold at county fair to benefit 17 Strong Foundation Video included

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The 17 Strong Foundation, created by a local teen who died after a battle with cancer, received a financial boost last week at the Santa Barbara County Fair. 

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Inland temps ease a little as the Mid-State Fair starts

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The jet stream about 18,000 feet overhead has a SW flow to it with a trough to our west and a ridge to our east.  This puts the Central Coast on the weaker end of the ridge, which produces, warm but hot blazing hot temps for the interior. For the next few days temps for the Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles will be near, perhaps just a few degrees shy of 100.  The good news is that the second week of the fair will see a deeper trough develop for the West and temps will be in th... More>>

Local firefighters battle wildfires across California

Lompoc firefighters provide structure protection at the Detwiler Fire. (Photo courtesy Lompoc City Fire Department) Lompoc firefighters provide structure protection at the Detwiler Fire. (Photo courtesy Lompoc City Fire Department)
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With wildfires burning here at home and across the state, local firefighters are keeping busy this summer. Many of them have been sent to back-to-back fires and are sharing images from the front lines on social media.

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Hometown Heroes: Banners of local veterans showcase patriotism in Santa Maria Video included

Each Hometown Hero banner will be up for six months before being given to their families for keepsakes. (KSBY Photo) Each Hometown Hero banner will be up for six months before being given to their families for keepsakes. (KSBY Photo)
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A local city is hoisting banners with photos of local veterans as part of a "Hometown Heroes" program.

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Morro Bay city chosen to apply for $82M water infrastructure loan

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"Rebuilding America's infrastructure is a critical pillar of the president's agenda," said Scott Pruitt, EPA administrator. "These large-scale projects will improve water quality for 20 million Americans, especially those communities that need it most - such as rural and urban communities." 

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Guadalupe man killed in Brown Road crash identified Video included

Officials say the car rolled before landing in a filed on its roof, killing the driver. (SB Co. Fire photo) Officials say the car rolled before landing in a filed on its roof, killing the driver. (SB Co. Fire photo)
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 Officers have identified the man killed in a rollover crash Monday morning near Santa Maria as Edgar Contreras-Argote of Guadalupe. 

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Elevated fire restrictions issued for Los Padres National Forest

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Fire restrictions are being put into effect in the Los Padres National Forest due to extremely dry vegetation and an increasing fire danger, officials announced Wednesday morning.  

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12 concerts you can see for free with admission to the Mid-State Fair

Blue Oyster Cult (Promotional photo courtesy California Mid-State Fair) Blue Oyster Cult (Promotional photo courtesy California Mid-State Fair)
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The concerts at the California Mid-State Fair draw thousands of people to the event each year. 

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New principal chosen for Arroyo Grande High School Video included

Dan Neff is named new principal for AGHS. (Credit: Lucia Mar School District) Dan Neff is named new principal for AGHS. (Credit: Lucia Mar School District)
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Dan Neff has been chosen to be the new principal of Arroyo Grande High School in a special board meeting Tuesday night. 

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3 car fires to blame for recent wildfires, 13 car fires reported since June 1

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Fire units have taken on at least 13 car fires since June 1; CAL FIRE says three of them resulted in hundreds of acres burned on the Central Coast.  

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UPDATE: Whittier Fire grows to 18,395 acres, now 75% contained Video included

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The Whittier Fire grows to 18,395 acres and is now 75 percent contained Wednesday morning, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

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Traffic delays expected Wednesday morning in Atascadero

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Driver may experience some delays in Atascadero for several hours Wednesday morning. 

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Skip the long lines for parking with these tips from the CA Mid-State Fair

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The California Mid-State Fair is a ton of fun but veteran fair goers know getting there and finding parking can be quite a hassle. 

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UPDATE: Santa Maria police find missing at-risk juvenile

Savannah McKinney (Photo courtesy Santa Maria Police Dept.) Savannah McKinney (Photo courtesy Santa Maria Police Dept.)
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Santa Maria Police say missing juvenile Savannah McKinney has been found safe, and is now home.

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Bridge Fire in Cambria fully contained Video included

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CAL FIRE crews were mopping up hot spots in a dense forest area of Cambria late Tuesday night.

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Entire town of Mariposa under evacuation order due to Detwiler Fire Video included

Detwiler Fire (NBC photo) Detwiler Fire (NBC photo)
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An evacuation order was issued for the entire town of Mariposa on Tuesday as a fast-moving wildfire burned toward the community. 

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In court, survivor recalls "bloody and horrifying" Grover Beach dog attack Video included

Betty Long testifies in court Tuesday. (KSBY) Betty Long testifies in court Tuesday. (KSBY)
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The owner of the dog that attacked and killed David Fear in Grover Beach last year appeared in court Tuesday.

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2017 Miss California Mid-State Fair crowned Video included

Adrianne Stultz of Atascadero is crowned the 2017 Miss California Mid-State Fair. (Courtesy: Mid-State Fair) Adrianne Stultz of Atascadero is crowned the 2017 Miss California Mid-State Fair. (Courtesy: Mid-State Fair)
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A new queen was crowned in Paso Robles Tuesday night.

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Bridge Fire: Roads reopened, evacuations lifted in Cambria Video included

The Bridge Fire in Cambria is so close to town, it's prompted evacuations. (Credit: Fernando Esparza) The Bridge Fire in Cambria is so close to town, it's prompted evacuations. (Credit: Fernando Esparza)
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CAL FIRE SLO and Cambria Fire are responding to a vegetation fire in Cambria. 

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What's that in the sky? Military training takes off in SLO

Courtesy: Roger Freedman Courtesy: Roger Freedman
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Several viewers have contacted us regarding recent sightings of military aircraft in San Luis Obispo. Here's what we've learned.

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New technology used to assess damage caused by Whittier Fire Video included

Jeff Gater, Santa Barbara County Emergency Manager, looks over a structure destroyed by the Whittier Fire. (KSBY photo) Jeff Gater, Santa Barbara County Emergency Manager, looks over a structure destroyed by the Whittier Fire. (KSBY photo)
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Now that fire crews are gaining ground on the Whittier Fire and are nearing full containment at the Alamo Fire, additional teams from the Office of Emergency Management are coming in and have introduced new technology in field operations. 

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Dodgers' Justin Turner participates in 17 Strong Foundation Whipped Cream Challenge Video included

Justin Turner participates in Whipped Cream Challenge Justin Turner participates in Whipped Cream Challenge
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Dodgers' third baseman participates in the Whipped Cream Challenge, supporting the 17 Strong Foundation.

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Man paralyzed after fall during hike gets car upgrades from Audi Video included

Evan Lalanne next to his new car. (KSBY photo) Evan Lalanne next to his new car. (KSBY photo)
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Last December, Evan Lalanne fell 30 feet from Bishop Peak, a fall which left him paralyzed from the waist down. 

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Cachuma Lake back open for recreation following Whittier Fire Video included

Cachuma Lake (KSBY photo) Cachuma Lake (KSBY photo)
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Santa Barbara County officials say Cachuma Lake Recreation Area reopened Tuesday for day use, while campers will be allowed starting Wednesday.  "Visitors in the area should remain diligent and follow guidelines and restrictions from Los Padres Forest Service and public safety agencies," the county wrote on an Instagram post.  For more information on the lake and county parks, head to this website. 

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Santa Maria branch jail closes due to budget cuts Video included

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The Santa Maria Northern County Jail closed its doors Sunday evening, due to county budget cuts.  

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Fight against Alamo Fire costs millions of dollars Video included

Smoke from the Alamo Fire burning east of Santa Maria. (KSBY photo) Smoke from the Alamo Fire burning east of Santa Maria. (KSBY photo)
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Santa Barbara County says the fire chief has determined an estimated cost for the Alamo Fire. 

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Cal Poly voted by coaches and media to finish fourth in Big Sky this fall Video included

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Cal Poly will finish fourth in the Big Sky Conference football standings this fall, according to preseason polls of both the media and the league’s 13 head coaches released Tuesday on the final day of the Big Sky Summer Football Kickoff.

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Fire shuts down Highway 166, backs up traffic Video included

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A brush fire broke out late Tuesday morning along Highway 166 east of Cuyama.

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