Santa Margarita sex offender charged with starting Hill Fire

San Luis Obispo County prosecutors have charged a 75-year-old man and registered sex offender with starting last year’s Hill Fire near Santa Margarita that destroyed four homes including actor Johnny Galecki’s ranch.

David Lynn Macagni of Santa Margarita faces a single misdemeanor charge of recklessly causing a fire of a structure or forest. Read More …

Five people die in Montecito area flooding and mudslides

Flooding and mudslides killed at least five people in the Montecito area overnight, as a storm ravaged the Santa Barbara County community days after the Thomas Fire swept through its neighborhoods.

The storm trapped numerous residents in or around their homes in various areas of Santa Barbara County early Tuesday morning. Read More …