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Our intense drought has Central Coast fire protection agencies boosting their efforts to crack down on the use of illegal fireworks.

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A visual underwater survey of the Refugio oil spill site showed promising signs of recovery according to the group, Reef Watch California.

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UC Santa Barbara has sent out its acceptance letters for this coming fall quarter to more than 29,000 potential students.

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The state of California was spraying pesticides in some residential areas of San Luis Obispo this week. County crews are working to control the spread of the Asian Citrus Psyllid.  

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Projects to upgrade a couple of main highways on the Central Coast are in question as politicians in Sacramento figure out a way to overcome a major transportation budget shortage.

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The organization that controls California's power grid is asking state residents and businesses to conserve electricity Tuesday and Wednesday as a major heat wave pushes temperatures will into the triple digits.

Temperatures as high as 115 degrees were expected in the northern Sacramento Valley through Wednesday evening, putting a major drain on the power supply. 

Alan Smith, Research Director for Natural Plasterers Council

A study being done at Cal Poly this summer will look at how pool owners can reduce the amount of water that evaporates each day. 

Pool covers are the main focus of this study, including bubble tarps and even chemicals that reduce evaporation. 

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UPDATE: July 1, 2015 at 5:10 p.m.

Full containment of the Mesa Fire that started Monday near La Purisima Mission in Lompoc is expected early this evening.  Santa Barbara County Fire said earlier today that the 320 acre fire was at 95 percent.

 A cause has yet to be announced, but the department is looking for a couple of kids who may have been hiking in the area at the time.

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Fireworks sales started this weekend and 'safe and sane' registered fireworks are allowed in some places on the Central Coast.

However, because of the ongoing drought even those fireworks considered 'safe and sane' are a concern for fire crews. 

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When a major earthquake struck Santa Barbara at dawn 90 years ago, on June 29, 1925, the shaking lasted less than 20 seconds. But, the disaster would go on to forever change the look and feel of the California city that’s come to be known as “The American Riviera.”

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