Articles Tagged With ‘Los Padres National Forest’




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22 clubbed cats found near Santa Margarita

Authorities found 22 dead cats dumped on the side of a remote road east of Santa Margarita in the Los Padres National Forest earlier this month, according to San Luis Obispo County Animal Services. [Cal Coast Times] Animal Services workers... (Continue reading)

Local fire battalion chief killed in car crash

A San Luis Obispo County man who was serving as the battalion chief of a Santa Maria-based national forest firefighting agency died Thursday morning in a crash on Highway 41 in Kings County. Gary Helming, 47, was returning from a... (Continue reading)

Woman’s body found near shooting range

A woman’s body was discovered Saturday morning near a public shooting range in the Los Padres National Forest, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. Shortly before 10 a.m., a passerby spotted the body off East Camino Cielo Road... (Continue reading)

Sherpa Fire burns 7,648 acres, 45% contained

The Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County is 45 percent contained at 7,648 acres. On Friday night, a lack of “sundowner” winds helped firefighters increase containment. Nevertheless, firefighters worry that the “sundowner” winds, which rush down the mountains in 40... (Continue reading)

Military units find large marijuana grow

Camp San Luis Obispo military units discovered a field of 7,406 marijuana plants while performing training exercises near the border of their property and the Los Padres National Forest on Wednesday. Military personnel then contacted the San Luis Obispo County... (Continue reading)

Ax-wielding man attacks campers, officer fight back

An ax-wielding man attacked fellow campers, officers and a firefighter during a Saturday rampage at the Santa Ynez River Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County. At about 3:45 p.m., callers reported a fellow camper was combative and appeared to be... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbra County fire fueled by Santa Ana winds

In the hills above Montecito in Santa Barbara County, a more than 65-acre brush fire is spreading rapidly as northeast winds reach 20 mph with gusts of up to 40 mph. At about 5:15 a.m., the blaze broke out near... (Continue reading)

Plane crash victims’ questionable pasts

By KAREN VELIE Exclusive: The two men identified in a plane crash in the backcountry of Santa Barbara have been identified as a San Diego pilot and a businessman, both of whom have questionable backgrounds. The pilot, David Keith Martz, 58,... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande man receives home detention for impersonating officer

An Arroyo Grande man convicted of impersonating a U.S. forest ranger received a home detention sentence Monday and a $10,000 fine. [Tribune] Prosecutors accused Larry Cooper, a former Arroyo Grande police officer, of using a government vehicle to patrol a... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande man accused of impersonating an officer

A former Arroyo Grande police officer and a U.S. Forest Service ranger were indicted for allegedly utilizing federal owned equipment to impersonate an officer. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles has charged the men with three felonies alleging the... (Continue reading)



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