Alamo Fire gives boost to local economy

Hotels, motels, stores, restaurants benefit

Alamo Fire gives boost to local economy

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - The historic Garey Store and Deli in northeastern Santa Barbara County has seen a steady stream of firefighters working the Alamo Fire and the general public coming in for cold drinks, snacks, and sandwiches.

"We've had a lot of traffic going through, coming out to see the fires, stopping in to ask questions and see what's going on," said Garey Store employee Renee Reynoso.

Those at the Garey Market have done their best to express gratitude and thanks for the tireless work of the men and women working the Alamo Fire.

"Exactly, we want them to know that we really appreciate them and all the hard work that they do," Reynoso said, "I know they leave families for a long period of time to come out here, its a lot of hard work for them, and I appreciate it."

Closer to town in Santa Maria, local hotels and motels have joined forces to accommodate displaced Alamo Fire property owners as well as the hundreds of firefighters looking for a place to sleep after working a grueling 24-hour shift on the fire line at the busiest time of the year.

"Everybody is out of school right now, families are traveling to the Central Coast, so it's a very busy time", said Santa Maria Inn General Manager Ryan Swack, "I'm very grateful that we've been able to house as many firefighters locally and some from across the state that we've been able to do."

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