Alamo Fire Base Camp winding down

Full containment expected this weekend

Alamo Fire Incident Command Post and Base Camp winding down

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - For the past week the Elks Unocal Event Center in Santa Maria has been home to the Alamo Fire Incident Command Post and Base Camp for firefighters.

Its been where incident commanders strategize the non-stop attack on the Alamo fire that has burned nearly 29,000 acres in northern Santa Barbara County and southern San Luis Obispo County.

The Alamo Fire Base Camp has also been where firefighters coming off the fire lines get food, water and rest and other vital support services and also serves as the public information center.

Now with full containment of the Alamo Fire getting closer by the day the plan is to begin downsizing and ultimately demobilizing the ICP and Base Camp at the Elks Unocal Event Center.

"As the fire gets less active we need less people and that's including the base camp itself", says Public Information Officer Andrew Overbay with CalFire, "so as soon as it gets to a point where it can be controlled locally by the local jurisdiction then the base camp can then be downsized and turned back over to them."

Some of the firefighting resources drawing down from the Alamo Fire will be re-deployed to other active wildfires in California including the Whittier Fire burning in southern Santa Barbara County.

"If they are in need of these assets in other parts of the state wherever the need may be, those orders have been put in", Overbay says, "people from here can be mobilized all throughout wherever they're needed."

Despite working in difficult conditions with steep, rugged terrain with extreme heat and shifting winds, there's been no reported serious injuries among any of the hundreds of firefighters that have been battling the Alamo Fire for the past week.

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