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KCBX News Update: Prescribed burn in Los Olivos, and Bonta asks for rehearing in private prisons case

Prescribed burns, like this one in Humboldt County, Calif., reduce the underbrush without destroying trees.
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Prescribed burns, like this one in Humboldt County, Calif., reduce the underbrush without destroying trees.

Prescribed burn taking place near Los Olivos 

There will be prescribed burns taking place starting today and ending Saturday near Los Olivos in Santa Barbara County.

As long as weather permits, fire officials with Santa Barbara County Fire will burn about 240 acres of chaparral, sage scrub, and oak woodland.

Fire officials say the prescribed burns are meant to prevent wildfires and advise limiting outdoor activities if you smell smoke.

Bonta asks for rehearing in private prisons case

California's ban on private detention centers was blocked by a federal court last month after the Trump administration sued and the Biden administration supported the lawsuit. Now the state is asking the court to reconsider. Cap Radio's Steve Milne reports.

CapRadio's Steve Milne reports.

Benjamin Purper came to KCBX in May of 2021 from California’s Inland Empire, where he spent three years as a reporter and Morning Edition host at KVCR in San Bernardino. Dozens of his stories have aired on KQED’s California Report, and his work has broadcast on NPR's news magazines, as well. In addition to radio, Ben has worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer.