SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for residents affected by the Alamo Fire at the Minami Community Center located at 600 W. Enos Drive in Santa Maria.
Lodging, meals, water, and hygiene items will be provided at the shelter for the families affected by the evacuations.
Fran Spencer got the dreaded phone call Saturday night.
"Received our reverse 9-1-1 call at about 6 o'clock..I had already been pretty good about getting the important things piled up, ready to be loaded up," evacuee Fran Spencer said.
She decided to leave but her husband, son and granddaughter - like many other people in the area - stayed behind.
"It's overwhelming, sometimes you cry, but you'll never forget a fire," Spencer said.
Her home is insured.
"If it goes, it'll take time but another one will be put in.. I just hope my family knows to leave," Spencer said.
Spencer is staying at the American Red Cross shelter at the Minami Center in Santa Maria.
"True care, everything you need for showering," Spencer said.
The shelter will also serve as a gathering place for residents to wait and receive important updates.
The Red Cross encourages residents to follow all evacuation orders from law enforcement and have an emergency kit ready to go.