Forrest Scott looks out at the burning Hill Fire from his home near Santa Margarita. The property where he lives was surrounded by the flames, but his home and all but one small outbuilding were saved by Cal Fire crews.

A long exposure captures the pastel tones of sunset in Shell Beach.

A fisherman casts his line into the stormy surf north of Morro Rock as El Niño-fueled storms arrive along the Central Coast.

A lone cloud hovers above Bishop Peak.

Brian Hodgson, of Morro Bay, just makes it over the top of a breaking winter wave, avoiding having it crash on him and his surf kayak. Hodgson says Morro Rock is his favorite place to surf and tries to get in the water there almost every day.

An air tanker flies in front of the plume of smoke rising from the southwest front of the Chimney Fire.

A firefighter pauses after a long day of battling the Poly Fire.

A man is seen through a rain covered window as he walks past Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa under the cover of his umbrella.

San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge John Trice will soon retire after a long and storied career as a judge and prosecutor.

Cal Fire firefighter Ryan Anderson keeps a close watch during the final stages of a training fire in San Luis Obispo.

Police pull a Ronald Reagan mask off of Austin Ross after he surrendered to authorities following an hours-long standoff.
Foremost Wine Co. executive chef Julie Simon butchers a ram sourced from Pepper Creek Farm in Arroyo Grande.
Robyn Babcock hugs her daughter Sierra as the pair sifts through the remains of Robyn's home in Santa Margarita after the Park Hill Fire burned through the area over the weekend.
A cyclist looks back at a loose bull he just passed on the Madonna Inn bike path, as a worker tries to tear a hole in the fencing to get the animal back home. Shortly after, the bull was corralled with the use of an ATV.

Adelaida farmer David Osgood says he is in favor of an oak tree ordinance as long as it's simple and gives farmers a healthy amount of freedom to use their land.

Bryan Thompson of San Luis Obispo sends some heavy metal guitar licks through his bike-mounted amplifier during rush hour traffic. "I'm trying to get signed," he said.

John Gajdos' wife Tracy Hunter-Gajdos was seriously injured in a traffic collision at the intersection of Wellsona Road and Highway 101. He is hoping for safety upgrades to the dangerous intersection.

Amanda Ormonde, center, and her fellow Arroyo Grande High School graduates celebrate at the end of their commencement ceremony.
Larry Desario, owner of Santa Maria Neon Electric Signs, crawls into the Madonna Inn sign to make repairs to the neon lettering which was on the blink because of water damage.
Asst. Chief Probation Officer Robert Reyes, right, keeps a watchful eye as deputy probation officer Isidro Soto enters a sober living facility in Atascadero to check on an AB109 probationer.

Barrelhouse Brewing Co. lead brewer Mathew Jacobs prepares to load 3000 lbs of pluots mixed in with a few plums into a tank for brewing a sour beer.

A cyclists makes his way across the Jennifer Street Bridge in San Luis Obispo.
Late afternoon light peeks out from between the stormy skies as a surfer waits for a break in the waves to paddle out into the sizable winter surf in Shell Beach.
Robert Morales, center, John Sims, right, and several other inmates sing along during a service, made possible with the funding from Serving California, in the chapel at the California Men's Colony.
This composite image made from seven separate images shows the stages of the April 2014 lunar eclipse from full Moon to total eclipse as seen from Hwy. 46 West of Paso Robles.
Fred Collins, the tribal administrator for the Northern Chumash Tribal Council, is advocating for a marine sanctuary off the Central Coast. It would stretch from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to the Channel Islands.
Surfer Matt Mohle is ready for his close-up as he speeds past an unidentified photographer at the Pismo Beach Pier where good-sized surf and offshore winds combined for fast hollow waves.
Lilly Thompson, 6, of Creston poses with her mille fleur bantam hen Sadie at the California Mid-State Fair.
A member of the San Luis Obispo County Gang Task Force stands in front of a Paso Robles home where the team served a search warrant as part of an investigation into a recent gang-related assault.
Benito Maldonado, with Davey Tree, works on cutting down one of several drought-stricken eucalyptus trees along Dana Foothill Road in Nipomo to prevent it from falling across the street and into power lines.
Hannah, the family cat, steps through the front window of the Elton family home after the winds from a powerful January storm toppled trees throughout the California town of Cambria. One of those trees sheared off a side of the home.
Tribune Press worker David Trout poses for a photo a few weeks before onsite printing at The Tribune came to an end and was moved to its sister paper, The Fresno Bee.
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