October 10, 2012 9:34 PM
The Santa Maria Fire Department is in the middle of training 10 new firefighters.
This week marks their third week of training.
A couple of months ago, the fire department received a SAFER grant, which is a federal grant, worth $1.6 million. The money from the grant will... more »
May 14, 2012 10:01 PM
A car fire in south Santa Maria have investigators looking at whether or not it could be connected to Sunday's fatal hit and run in Nipomo.
A witness said a blue Chevy Corvette hit and killed a man walking across the off-ramp of Highway 101 North at the 166... more »
May 7, 2012 11:01 PM
As fire officials throughout the Central Coast prepare for an active fire season, the extended runway at the Santa Maria Public Airport will be getting a lot of use this summer.
About 1,700 feet were added to the already 6,700 feet runway. Tanker planes will be flown in during... more »
March 27, 2012 9:49 PM
A former sergeant with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department has filed a lawsuit against the department and the county.
Dale Strobridge alleged the county and sheriff's department retaliated against him by firing him.
The papers were filed earlier this month.
Strobridge was fired from his... more »
March 26, 2012 10:40 PM
Spring is here, and with this season comes lots of cleaning. De-cluttering and maintaining your home could save it from a fire.
Central Coast fire departments are speaking out about the importance of making sure your home is clean, and fire proof.
"It's just a matter of doing... more »
March 6, 2012 10:28 PM
A fire that swept through a San Luis Obispo house over the weekend has raised questions about the safety of older homes in the city.
Nine people escaped the burning home on Johnson Avenue early Sunday morning. The Red Cross said one woman was transferred from a local hospital... more »
October 13, 2011 11:40 PM
The Denny's location in San Luis Obispo is closed until further notice, after a fire ripped through the restaurant on Thursday.
The two-alarm fire started around 7:15 a.m., on the 200 block of Madonna Road.
San Luis Obispo firefighters said it started in an electrical closet on the outside... more »
March 9, 2011 9:46 PM
Investigators say an exhaust port attached to a clothes dryer is responsible for starting this morning's raging fire in Los Alamos.
The fire left eleven people homeless. Firefighters got the call just after 9:30 this morning. They rushed over to the Cottonwood Glen Complex on Wickenden Street in Los... more »
February 18, 2011 9:13 PM
Fire investigators are trying to figure out what sparked an early morning structure fire, near the La Purisima Mission.
Firefighters were called out to the 1800 block of Mission Gate Drive in Lompoc just before 4 a.m. Friday. Fire officials found an 8,000 foot building engulfed in flames. They... more »
January 19, 2011 9:58 PM
A two-story apartment complex in Santa Maria went up in flames around 10 a.m. It happened in the 900 block of East Jones Street. Firefighters are calling the fire suspicious.
These viewer photos show the intensity of the fire that had emergency crews swarming an apartment complex in Santa... more »
January 19, 2011 3:05 PM
Twelve apartments were evacuated after an entire complex caught fire Wednesday morning in Santa Maria. The fire started just before 10 a.m. at an apartment building at 929 East Jones Street. Fire crews say the flames started on the first floor and spread to the second floor. The fire ignited... more »
January 6, 2011 10:48 PM
A mobile home catches fire in Lompoc, killing a 20-year-old man and sending two others to the hospital.
Lompoc fire has identified the man as Nicholas Perez of Lompoc. An electrical problem started the fire around 4:30 this morning at the Mountain View Mobile Home Park in the 700... more »
November 11, 2010 11:42 PM
Investigators say Wednesday's deadly house fire in Santa Maria appeared to be accidental, and they say an open flame device of some kind was used to start the fire.
It happened on the 800-hundred block of Marcia Way last night. Investigators spent their day in an upstairs bedroom, cleaning... more »
November 11, 2010 5:47 PM
The Santa Maria Fire Department says the house badly damaged in Wednesday's fire had a working smoke detector. Battalion Chief Dan Orr says it alerted the mother, who was downstairs cooking, that there was something wrong upstairs.
Santa Maria fire crews have not released the cause of the deadly... more »
July 15, 2010 8:51 PM
An early morning fire turns into a crime scene after firefighters discover a man's body. It happened just before 4:15 a.m. about a half mile south of the Nojoqui grade, near buellton.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's detectives are puzzled at what firefighters found while putting out an early morning... more »
June 30, 2010 10:05 PM
The U.S. Forest Service is deciding whether to make a key policy change affecting how it fights fires.
The Forest Service currently does not fly at night, but a Southern California lawmaker is pushing for the change. The Forest Service stopped the practice in the early 1980s because of... more »
June 29, 2010 2:16 AM
Flames roar through a Pismo Beach complex leaving dozens on the streets tonight.
The two alarm fire ripped through the building at the intersection of Pomeroy and Dolliver street early this evening in downtown Pismo Beach. It contains both businesses and an apartment complex. Mark Santos and his sister,... more »
June 16, 2010 5:11 PM
Cal Fire crews say leaking water from a melted pipe ultimately put out a fire at a restaurant in Cambria Wednesday morning.
The blaze was reported at Mustache Pete's Italian Eatery, located on the 4000 block of Burton Drive, at about 1:30 a.m. and was contained shortly after. According to... more »
June 9, 2010 5:31 PM
A brush fire burning in northern San Luis Obispo County has been contained, according to Cal Fire.
The fire burned five acres in the 400 block of LP Ranch Road near El Pomar, east of Templeton. No structures were burned.
Crews had the fire contained a little before... more »
June 1, 2010 7:39 PM
Cal Fire crews responded to a vehicle fire at R & R Auto Wrecking on the 700 block of Sheridan Road, Arroyo Grande around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
A vehicle in the wrecking yard caught fire and spread to other vehicles and debris nearby. Crews had the fire contained... more »
June 1, 2010 12:14 PM
Fire crews are currently staged throughout Atascadero, after a blown transformer near Highway 41 and El Camino caused several small fires in businesses around the area, according to the fire department.
The transformer blew a little after 6 a.m., and caused several air conditioning units to seize up and... more »
May 18, 2010 7:16 PM
As of 6 p.m. yesterday, fire officials say the Cotton Fire is 100 percent contained.
The fire broke out on Saturday off Highway 166 near New Cuyama.
Approximately 2,044 acres burned. Crews hope to have the area fully controlled by Thursday.
May 15, 2010 9:27 PM
More than 80 firefighters are trying to contain a 500 acre blaze in the canyons off Highway 166.
It's being called the Cottonwood Fire. It started around 9:20 this morning after a man driving a U-Haul truck on Highway 166 says his catalytic converter sparked. By the time he... more »
May 5, 2010 9:25 PM
The Jesusita Fire first lit up the hills above Santa Barbara one year ago today. That fire scorched nearly 8800 acres and destroyed 80 homes. It took crews about two weeks to put it out. New construction is popping up in the neighborhood, but there is still a lot of... more »
May 5, 2010 2:52 AM
Tuesday marks one year since the Jesusita Fire sparked in the hills above Santa Barbara.
The fire scorched more than 8,700 acres over 13 days and destroyed some 80 homes. Investigators say it was sparked by power equipment used to clear vegetation and brush.
Be sure to tune... more »
April 21, 2010 10:14 PM
Firefighters have put out a vehicle fire on Highway 101.
Cal Fire crews say they were called out to the highway just north of Thompson Avenue at about 6:30 p.m.
When they arrived, they say the car was fully involved. Investigators say a fuel line failure in the car... more »
April 16, 2010 10:10 AM
Firefighters quickly knock down a fire inside a South Coast business, sparing two businesses nearby.
The fire broke out in the kitchen of The Lunch Box catering company in the 300 block of North Milpas Street in Santa Barbara Thursday night.
No one was inside at the time... more »
April 16, 2010 2:13 AM
Some quick action by a Grover Beach woman stopped a fire from spreading at her own house.
It happened in the 800 block of North Third Street Thursday night.
The homeowners were having the trim of their house painted and brown paper was set up around the siding.... more »
April 14, 2010 5:25 PM
Emergency crews are on the scene of a three-car crash that was a result of a vehicle pursuit on Highway 154.
Santa Barbara County Fire Officials say they were called to the area of Hwy 154, near Windy Gap at about 1:55p.m. Wednesday on report of that accident.
... more »
April 9, 2010 4:27 PM
Santa Barbara County Fire crews are responding to a vehicle rollover accident on Highway 1, just north of Graciosa Road.
The call came in around 12:20 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Officers say a pickup truck rolled over into a field next to the road.
Crews... more »
April 8, 2010 2:18 AM
Fire crews in Santa Maria were busy putting out a house fire Wednesday afternoon.
The fire sparked around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of West Sunset Avenue. Crews say the fire started in a back bedroom and destroyed everything inside that room.
The homeowners were in the... more »
April 2, 2010 6:19 PM
Beginning this fall, Cal Poly will offer a new master's degree program in Fire Protection Engineering.
The program will be one of three in the nation, and the only one offered on the West Coast.
Students starting Fall 2010 will be able to take classes both on campus... more »
April 2, 2010 12:51 PM
Local businesses beware. We have a scam to tell you about involving fake fire inspectors. The scammers are mainly targeting businesses in Santa Maria. Authorities say scammers are entering businesses, claiming to be city fire inspectors. Ten to fifteen businesses have already reported being duped in the scam.
Santa... more »
March 29, 2010 1:28 PM
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) - Ventura County authorities have determined that a wildfire that burned across 17,500 acres last September was caused by spontaneous combustion in a mulch pile.
The county Fire Department says in a statement Monday that the fire spread from the agricultural mulch pile to a hillside... more »
March 26, 2010 1:14 PM
Santa Barbara County Fire Crews are responding to a structure fire in the 5700 blk. of Gato Ave. in Goleta.
That's according to emergency radio traffic. Crews were first called to that home at about 10:05a.m. Friday. The home is apparently a single family home, and there are reports... more »
March 19, 2010 1:36 PM
Have no worries if you're traveling through San Luis Obispo and see smoke rising from the west side of the city Friday. The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department is conducting what it calls a pre-burning of three cars in the Embassy Suites parking lot. That lot is easily visible... more »
March 16, 2010 8:22 AM
Fire officials say a stove's burner was left on at the Sea Shanty Restaurant in Cayucos, starting a fire late Monday night.
Crews say most of the damages were to the stove and grill. There was also smoke damage throughout the building. Damages are estimated at $10,000.
The... more »
March 12, 2010 7:47 PM
San Luis Obispo City Firefighters have ruled Friday afternoon's fire that destroyed the Theta Chi fraternity house on Upham St. an accident.
Investigators say there was a paintbrush that was doused in some type of petroleum-based liquid and then wrapped in a towel. Apparently, that paintbrush got too hot... more »
March 12, 2010 4:56 PM
Fire crews are responding to a structure fire at the Theta Chi fraternity house in San Luis Obispo.
The fire broke out a little after 1 p.m. on the 800 block of Upham Street. Crews on scene say the fire started on the front porch and is now burning... more »
March 10, 2010 2:37 AM
The fire is out, but the investigation has just begun after flames destroy a garage in Morro Bay. Two people were injured, including a firefighter.
The fire broke out around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 2100 block of Ironwood Avenue. When fire crews arrived, the garage was fully involved.
... more »
March 5, 2010 5:08 PM
Foothill Square property manager Dan Rutledge says he hopes business will resume as usual for the stores recently affected by the Cabo San Luis restaurant fire.
Rutledge has been meeting with business owners and insurance companies since the fire broke out. He says electricity, alarms and water have all... more »
March 5, 2010 4:31 PM
San Luis Obispo city fire investigators now believe the fire that destroyed Cabo San Luis Restaurant was intentionally set.
Fire crews battled the blaze at the restaurant on the 900 block of Foothill Blvd early Wednesday morning. They say the restaurant is destroyed and several nearby businesses were damaged.... more »
March 4, 2010 6:18 PM
City fire officials say a handful of stores affected by a major blaze in San Luis Obispo could reopen as early as Friday.
The fire destroyed the Cabo San Luis Restaurant and severely damaged Kona's Deli early Wednesday morning.
Thursday, the entire shopping complex remained closed as crews... more »
March 3, 2010 5:55 PM
San Luis Obispo city fire investigators estimate damages from Wednesday morning's fire at Cabo San Luis restaurant to be more than $1 million. Fire crews battled the blaze at the restaurant on the 900 blk. of Foothill Blvd. They say the restaurant is destroyed and several nearby businesses were damaged.... more »
March 3, 2010 10:19 AM
A restaurant catches fire in San Luis Obispo early Wednesday morning.
Fire crews worked hard to contain the fire at the Cabo San Luis Restaurant on the 900 block of East Foothill Boulevard. Fire crews say the blaze engulfed the restaurant, and threatened multiple structures.
The restaurant sustained... more »
March 1, 2010 4:03 PM
The California Highway Patrol says the southbound lanes on Highway 101 near Tassajara Creek Rd. are open again as of 12:00 p.m., after a big rig caught fire and leaked fuel early this morning.
Drivers should not experience any further delays, although crews are still cleaning up in the... more »
February 26, 2010 10:59 PM
A Buellton man is taken to the hospital with major burns, after a deep fryer sparks a fire in his home.
Santa Barbara County Fire officials say they responded to a residential fire in the 400 block of Dogwood just after 4 p.m.
Fire crews were able to put... more »
February 23, 2010 9:25 PM
A $40 million deficit leaves Santa Barbara County Supervisors no choice but to make massive cuts. The question remains. . .where?
The board heard presentations from department leaders about where to make possible cuts. The Sheriff's Department could be hit the hardest followed by County fire. County leaders are... more »
February 23, 2010 11:45 AM
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Two men blamed for sparking a wildfire that destroyed 80 homes in Santa Barbara have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges.
Lawyers for Craig Ilenstine and Dana Larsen entered their pleas Monday. The men, who weren't in court, are charged with failing to obtain a... more »
February 22, 2010 4:57 PM
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department's Orcutt station will now be staffed around the clock with firefighter paramedics.
On February 8, Fire Station 21 became a core paramedic station. The department now provides firefighter paramedic coverage to Orcutt residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The... more »
February 17, 2010 4:37 PM
There are questions still lingering about a gas-like smell that was reported in southern San Luis Obispo Wednesday morning.
The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department says it began receiving emergency calls about the smell at 8:30a.m. Residents were reporting the stench in the area of Los Osos Valley... more »
February 17, 2010 1:42 PM
San Luis Obispo City Fire officials tell KSBY News the mysterious gas-like odor reported by residents in southern San Luis Obispo early Wednesday morning, has gotten stronger.
The stench has been reported by residents all over southern San Luis Obispo. Several agencies are setting up a command post at... more »
February 16, 2010 4:11 PM
A Nipomo business has been evacuated after fire crews say employees reported smelling smoke.
Officials with Cal Fire say they received word of the possible fire at Hydrex Pest Control in Nipomo at about 12:50p.m. Tuesday. That business is located on the 100 blk. of Cuyama Lane, near Hutton... more »
February 15, 2010 11:41 AM
Santa Barbara city fire officials are investigating a blaze that ripped through a bedroom of a home early Monday morning.
Fire crews were called to the home on the 1400 blk. of Chino St. at about 1:00a.m. They say no one was at home at the time the fire... more »
February 10, 2010 12:06 PM
Fire officials remind local residents to keep their fireplaces and chimneys clean, after a fire causes major damage in a San Luis Obispo home.
San Luis Obispo City fire crews were called to a home on the 3200 blk. of Flora St. at 8:20p.m. Tuesday. Firefighters found heavy smoke... more »
February 10, 2010 2:41 AM
Firefighters put out flames at a San Luis Obispo home.
Four engines were called out just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to the 3200 block of Flora Street.
The homeowners had a fire burning in the fireplace earlier in the evening, but thought the flames were out. The fire then... more »
February 9, 2010 7:40 AM
Residents of a Goleta home are safe after a fire started in their garage.
Fire officials say it happened on 66 Brandon Drive just after midnight. They say the fire was contained in the garage. The residents were not injured. Fire officials say they had smoke detectors, but they... more »
February 5, 2010 1:25 PM
Just after 10:00 a.m. Friday morning, Santa Barbara County fire crews assisted by UCSB Fire and the California Highway Patrol, responded to a report of a bus crash.
When officers arrived, they found a man in his 20's trapped inside of his vehicle, after being t-boned by an MTD bus... more »
February 3, 2010 11:55 AM
Fire investigators say some sort of electrical failure is to blame for the Wednesday morning fire that began in a wine warehouse in Buellton.
Crews were called to the warehouse on the 100 blk. of Los Padres Way at about 7:45a.m. They say the fire was near the ceiling... more »
February 1, 2010 9:38 PM
Lompoc fire investigators are on the lookout for a serial arsonist who may be linked to as many as 30 fires in the last two years.
The most recent fire happened just before 3:30 Saturday morning in the 400 block of South "H" Street in Lompoc.
A man... more »
January 29, 2010 11:08 AM
An apartment unit caught fire Friday morning in Santa Barbara. Fire crews were called out to the 1000 block of De La Vina Street around 6 a.m.
Officials say no one was home at the time, and only one unit in the apartment complex was damaged. The cause of... more »
January 15, 2010 1:10 PM
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters say they expect to contain a 125-acre wildfire in Riverside County by Friday evening. Alma Ruiz of the U.S. Forest Service says the blaze in the Ortega Mountains is 50 percent contained, winds are light and no homes are threatened. The fire, which didn't... more »
January 11, 2010 2:57 PM
A fire in atownhouse apartment bedroom causes thousands of dollars worth of damage in Atascadero.
The fire broke out yesterday morning just after 7:00 a.m., according to Atascadero City Fire.
The townhouses are located in the 7000 block of Santa Ysabel Road.
When fire crews arrived, they... more »
January 10, 2010 7:26 PM
Two Pismo Beach residents are safe after a fire breaks out in their home. It happened around 11:40 Sunday morning at 194 Searidge Court. A spokesperson for San Luis Obispo Cal Fire says that the fire was contained to an oven and a wall in the kitchen. Neither of the... more »
January 8, 2010 10:53 PM
Santa Barbara County firefighters are mopping up two spot fires that sparked along Highway 101, south of Mariposa Reina.
A department spokesman says crews were called out to the highway just after 7:00 p.m. When they arrived, they found two fires that were about 1/8 of an acre in... more »
January 6, 2010 3:06 AM
Central Coast fire crews want to remind people to keep your chimneys clean this winter.
Firefighters had to work awhile Tuesday night to get to a fire that sparked in the flu of a chimney on the 5500 block of Hamilton Lane in Orcutt.
Fortunately, there was only... more »
January 5, 2010 10:13 PM
Firefighters in Santa Barbara put out an electrical fire at the County Courthouse.
Crews were called out just after 5 pm after fire alarms started ringing. When they arrived, they saw smoke coming out of the building from three sides.
Crews say the Courthouse was mostly empty at... more »
January 3, 2010 5:19 PM
Santa Barbara County Fire has contained a vegetation fire burning about three miles off Hwy. 166 on the north side Pine Canyon Road in the New Cuyama area. They reached full containment at 9:33 p.m. Saturday.
The fire was reported at 3:22 p.m. Saturday. According to Santa Barbara County Fire,... more »
January 2, 2010 7:12 PM
Santa Barbara County Fire is battling a vegetation fire burning about three miles off Hwy. 166 on the north side Pine Canyon Road in the New Cuyama area.
The fire was reported at 3:22 p.m. Saturday. According to Santa Barbara County Fire, six engines, one water tender and a helicopter... more »
December 26, 2009 3:24 PM
ORANGE, Calif. (AP) - An early morning fire at an Orange County motel forced the evacuation of a dozen guests. Firefighters arrived at the Days Inn Motel in Orange around 4 a.m. Saturday. The fire was limited to a third floor room. Fire Capt. Ed Engler said it's unclear if... more »
December 21, 2009 1:43 PM
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says the permit burn ban has been lifted as the county transitions into low fire season.
This means that people who have a valid permit to burn on their property can now do so, starting at 7 a.m. and no later than 4 p.m..... more »
December 19, 2009 8:32 PM
The Santa Barbara City Fire Department says an underground transformer fire is to blame for scattered power outages.
Fire officials responded to the fire at 3:52 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of Via Diego and Invierno in the north end of Santa Barbara. The area was immediately closed to... more »
December 15, 2009 2:53 PM
The Atascadero Fire Department is investigating several suspicious fires that have sparked in the city in the last couple months. Now it's asking the public for help in that investigation.
If you have any information that would assist them in determining the cause of those fires, please call Captain... more »
December 10, 2009 6:12 PM
The Paso Robles Fire Department responded to a structure fire at a single story duplex on the 1000 block of Parkview Avenue in Paso Robles.
Fire crews got the call at 11 a.m. The fire was located in one half of the duplex, and took 50 minutes to contain.... more »
December 4, 2009 7:37 AM
San Luis Obispo fire crews are cleaning up after a small fire breaks out at a home
Firefighters were called to the home on the 1200 blk. of Briarwood Dr. just before 4:00a.m. Friday. When they arrived, they say they saw heavy smoke coming out of the house and... more »
December 3, 2009 7:48 PM
On Saturday, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department will conduct a prescribed burn on the Bar-M Ranch, approximately two miles south of Los Alamos.
Smoke will be visible to commuters on Highway 101 as well as in various communities in northern Santa Barbara County.
According to the Santa... more »
December 1, 2009 4:35 PM
A 55-year-old man is being transported to the hospital after his car went over the side of E. Camino Cielo, about 6 miles east of Gibraltar Road near Santa Barbara.
People in the area spotted a vehicle about 100 ft. over the side of the road, according to a spokesperson... more »
November 30, 2009 1:51 PM
Crews have contained a structure fire on the 500 block of Stanton Road in Nipomo, according to a Cal Fire spokesperson.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire around 10:40 a.m., about 40 minutes after the initial call.
KSBY has a crew on the scene and will bring... more »
November 30, 2009 1:20 PM
Cal Fire crews are responding to a structure fire on the Nipomo Mesa.
Firefighters were called out just after 10 a.m. to the intersection of Viejo Road and the 500 block of Stanton Road. Some of the first crews on scene say there was smoke and flames coming from... more »
November 25, 2009 12:52 PM
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says it's continuing to assist with the search for a missing boater near Vandenberg Air Force Base. The Coast Guard had called off its active search last night.
A spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department says it sent a helicopter and two... more »
November 17, 2009 4:52 PM
As the winter months approach, many people will begin using their fireplaces to stay warm. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District are warning people to use good judgement when burning wood in fireplaces.
These kinds of fires can cause emergencies... more »
November 16, 2009 12:58 PM
Santa Barbara County fire crews have contained a house fire in Vandenberg Village.
A department spokesman says that fire sparked around 8:30 a.m. Monday on the 100 block of Galaxy Way. He says flames broke out in an upstairs bedroom. The homeowner says he heard the smoke detector go... more »
November 16, 2009 11:48 AM
Santa Barbara County fire crews are battling a house fire in Vandenberg Village.
Crews say the fire was reported around 8:30 a.m. Monday, on the 100 block of Galaxy Way. Firefighters say flames are currently burning in an upstairs bedroom. All those living inside the home were able to... more »
November 16, 2009 1:57 AM
CAL FIRE will be conducting a 1 90 acre prescribed burn beginning Monday evening , and will go through W ednesday.
T he burn will be located on PG&E property near P oint B uchon and in C rowbar C anyon.
CAL FIRE conducted a prescribed burn near... more »
November 14, 2009 3:09 PM
CAL FIRE, in cooperation with local landowners, is conducting a prescribed burn on Saturday.
The 920-acre burn is located one mile south of Lopez Lake near Phoenix Canyon.
Fire officials say the burn will help reduce brush and other wildland fuels in an area prone to wildfires.
... more »