Alamo Fire burns 28,687 acres Evac Warnings Lifted

Fire is 98% contained

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - July 19, 2017

[6:00 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is officially 100% contained according to fire officials.


July 17, 2017

[9:30 a.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is now 98% contained and has burned a total of 28,687 acres, according to Cal Fire officials.


July 16, 2017

[6:00 a.m. PDT] - Containment for the Alamo Fire increases to 95%. Acreage remains at 28,687 burned. Total personnel assigned to this fire dropped to 990.

Fire crews will remain throughout the fire perimeter in the coming weeks to provide fire suppression repair, remove firefighting equipment, mop up and patrol. Fire officials remind residents to drive slowly and use caution as emergency crews and equipment are still working in the area.

Cal Fire Incident Management Team 1 would like to thank all of the community support during this intense firefight as they transition management of the Alamo Fire back to local agencies at 2:00 p.m. Sunday.

All Evacuation Warnings have been lifted effective immediately.


July 15, 2017

[6:15 p.m. PDT]  Evacuation warnings have been lifted for areas near the Alamo Fire northeast of Santa Maria.  Cal Fire has lifted warnings for Blazing Saddles Road, Tepesquet Canyon Road south from Blazing Saddles to Santa Maria-Mesa Road, White Rock Lane, Colson Canyon and Tepesquet Canyon Road north from Blazing Saddles to Highway 166, Buckhorn Ridge and Pine Canyon Road.

[6:30 a.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is now 93% contained and acreage continued to be 28,687 acres burned. A total of 1,405 personnel including 107 engines, 15 water tenders, 2 helicopters, 34 hand crews, and 15 dozers, are assigned to this fire.

Overnight crews continued to make progress constructing and maintaining containment lines, as well as extinguishing hot spots within the fire perimeter. For Saturday, crews will continue to make progress towards full containment. 

Firefighters will remain throughout the fire perimeter into next week to remove all firefighting equipment.

The forecast for this weekend is for hotter and drier weather.


July 14, 2017

[6 p.m. PDT] - Containment of the Alamo Fire jumps to 92% as the acreage holds at 28,687. Personnel dedicated to this fire has dropped to 1,405. No injuries were reported.

[6:12 a.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is now 90% contained. Total acreage burned remains at 28,687 according to Cal Fire.

Crews continued to make progress constructing and maintaining containment lines. Firefighters will continue to strengthen existing containment lines.

Burn or decayed trees continue to smolder and have the potential to fall and possibly rolling into drainages.

Tepusquet Road from Highway 166 to Santa Maria Mesa Road is open to residents only. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


July 13, 2017

[6:15 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is now 85% contained. 28,687 acres burned. There are currently 1,839 personnel fighting the fire including: 158 engines, 21 water tenders, 2 helicopters, 43 hand crews, and 16 dozers.

Fire activity was minimal as of Thursday evening. Crews continued to reinforce line construction and patrolled areas to mop up sections of heavy dead fuels. Crews are beginning to haul out hose trash and continue working in very steep terrain with very dry brush and chaparral.

[6:50 a.m. PDT] - Crews make progress on the Alamo Fire. It is now 78% contained, with acreage holding at 28,687.

Click here to view an interactive map of the fire.


July 12, 2017

[6 p.m. PDT] - Containment for the Alamo Fire jumps to 70%. Acreage is holding at 28,687. Fire activity was minimal. Fire suppression repair of the area and damage assessment have begun. The U.S. Forest Service will be moving out of unified command at 7 p.m. All road closures have been lifted. Those entering the Tepusquet Canyon should be prepared to present proof of residency.

[7:00 a.m. PDT] -  The acreage burned in the Alamo Fire has been reduced to 28,687 after re-mapping. The fire is now 65% contained. 2,218 personnel are fighting this fire. Evacuations will be lifted for residents affected by the Alamo Fire today at 10 a.m. Highway 166 opens at 6 p.m. tonight according to fire officials.

Updated evacuation information here.

For more information on the Alamo Fire, click here.

At Wednesday's briefing, fire officials said the Alamo Fire was really quiet Tuesday night and there was a lot of good work done without much activity from the fire.

Crews will be patrolling the area on Wednesday looking for and making sure all hot spots are put out. At the briefing, crews were also asked to make sure they look at trees that have burned for any dangers those trees may pose.

Five structures in total have burned as a consequence of this fire. Twho of those five structures are homes.


July 11, 2017 Updates

[6:13 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is now 60% contained with 28,926 acres burned. Five homes have been destroyed by this fire. 133 structures remain threatened. 2,218 personnel are currently fighting the blaze.

[7:00 a.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is now 45% contained. Acreage holding at 28,926. Total personnel fighting this fire: 2,027. Only one home has been destroyed. There are no injuries and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

View a map of the Alamo Fire in relation to the Whittier Fire here.


July 10, 2017 Updates

[6:55 p.m. PDT] - Expected containment date for the Alamo Fire is July 22, 2017.

[6:08 p.m. PDT] - Firefighters have increased containment to 20%. Acreage remains the same. Total personnel fighting the fire is now 2,027.

[8:41 a.m. PDT] - Briefing notes. Fire officials say things are looking better each day as crews look for anything that can threaten the fire lines they've already established to contain the fire.

The plan today. Continue to attach the Alamo Fire from the air and the ground. While a lot of progress has been made, there is still a lot more work to be done. The fire can become extremely dangerous if it gets east of Tepusquet Road.

Fire crews say the fire has made its way to a section of Tepusquet Road that could lend itself to another big flareup but they're keeping an eye on it. They say the fire settled down a bit overnight which have allowed firefighters to continue working on contingency lines and dozers to contain the fire.

Crews have used "back fire operations" to help keep the fire contained. All evacuations remain in place.

[6:35 a.m. PDT] - Alamo Fire has burned 28,926 acres and remains at 15% contained. 133 Structures are threatened. Cal Fire reports one structure has been destroyed. 1,664 personnel are battling this fire. 139 total fire engines, 44 fire crews, 11 helicopters, 24 dozers, and 28 water tenders.

View July 10, 2017 fire map here


July 9, 2017 Updates

[6:12 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is now 15 percent contained. Acreage remains the same--23,867 acres burned.

[4:00 p.m. PDT] - 300 structures are threatened at this time but none have been lost fire officials say. The fire is inaccessible to fire crews in some areas. The cost of the incident is estimated at $2.4 million dollars. Whittier Fire resources are being shared with crews fighting the Alamo Fire. Approximately 200 people have been evacuated.

[7:47 a.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire has now burned 23,867 with containment holding at 10 percent. 


July 8, 2017 Updates

[9:00 a.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire doubled in size overnight due to high temperatures, strong gusty winds and low humidity Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said. The fire has now burned approximately 19,000 acres and remains at 10% containment as of 7 a.m. About 1,000 fire personnel are actively fighting the blaze with more resources ordered.

Mandatory evacuations will remain in place--that's anything north of Santa Maria Mesa Road.

Saturday's goals for firefighters are to continue air tanker and helicopter water drops and provide structure protection for all the properties that have been evacuated.

Northwest winds are expected this afternoon pushing the wildfire towards the Tepusquet area, Zaniboni said.

An Evacuation Order has been issued for Tepusquet Road south of Blazing Saddle to Santa Maria Mesa Road as well as White Rock Lane and Colson Canyon. This alert was sent to 287 phone lines. Deputies and Sheriff's Search and Rescue volunteers will be going to residences in this rural area to make sure they know they need to evacuate. Residents who live in this area are advised to leave immediately. Approximately 100 homes are located in Tepusquet Canyon.

For those who must evacuate and need a place to go, a Red Cross shelter is located the Minami Center at 600 Enos Street in Santa Maria.

If you require assistance evacuating small and large animals, please call County Animal Services at 805-681-4332. Large animals can be taken to the Elks Rodeo Ground, Gate 3, 4040 Highway 101, Santa Maria. Small animals can be taken to the Santa Maria Animal Center on 548 W. Foster Road.


July 7, 2017 Updates

[7:25 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire has burned 3,400 acres. Santa Barbara County Fire Public Information Officer Mike Eliason tweeted a photo of a black bear that fled the flames of the Alamo Fire.


[4:55 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire has spread to 3000 acres with 10 percent containment.

[4:50 p.m. PDT] - Mandatory evacuations have been issued for residents on Blazing Saddles Road and White Rock Lane near Tepusquet Peak in Santa Barbara County.

[4:00 p.m. PDT] - Earlier in the afternoon, the Alamo Fire jumped a retardant line and began burning out of control in Santa Barbara County, according to Santa Barbara Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni. The fire is estimated to have burned 500 acres with zero percent containment. Approximately 300 residents in evacuation warning areas have been contacted by emergency responders.

[3:34 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo fire has now scorched 500 acres and has an extreme rate of spread according to Cal Fire San Luis Obispo.

[3:00 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire has spread to 250 acres and is spreading at a "dangerous rate" according to Cal Fire San Luis Obispo. The fire is now burning in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Additional resources have been called to respond to the fire. An evacuation warning has been ordered for residents near Tepusquet Road and Blazing Saddles Drive.

[7:09 a.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire burning along Highway 166 is 20% contained and has burned 175 acres. The fire has closed Highway 166 east of Santa Maria and is burning in steep terrain.


July 6, 2017 Updates

[10:04 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is 10% contained and has burned at least 175 acres.

[6:40 p.m. PDT] - The Alamo Fire is 0 percent contained and has burned at least 150 acres of heavy vegetation. No structures are threatened. CAL FIRE spokesperson Chris Elms said the warm weather and low humidity mixed with the steep terrain, are slowing down ground crews. However, a lot of air resources are making great progress on this fire.

Authorities have moved the road closures as well. Highway 166 is shut down in both directions between U.S. Highway 101 and New Cuyama.

Elms said he hopes the humidity comes up at night so that ground fire crews can progress on the fire rapidly. Crews from the U.S. Forest Service are assisting with the Alamo Fire.

[6:11 p.m. PDT] - CAL FIRE reports the Alamo Fire has now burned 150 acres. The fire is still very much active said Public Information Officer Chris Elms with CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo.


Fire crews from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are currently battling a brush fire that broke out just after 3:30 p.m. on Highway 166 near the Twitchell Reservoir in SLO County.

The fire has already burned 100 acres and is rapidly growing, according to CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo. No structures are threatened at this time. 

Several aircraft have been called to assist with an air attack on what's being called the Alamo Fire.

The California Highway Patrol reports Highway 166 has been shut down in both directions from U.S. Highway 101 to Tespusquet Road. Motorists are being turned around.

No further details were immediately known. Check back for continued updates.

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