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Alamo Fire explodes to 19,000 acres

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courtesy: CAL FIRE SLO courtesy: CAL FIRE SLO
courtesy: SLO City Fire courtesy: SLO City Fire
Flames at the scene of the Alamo Fire. (KSBY photo) Flames at the scene of the Alamo Fire. (KSBY photo)

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The Alamo Fire exploded to 19,000 acres by Saturday afternoon, according to CAL FIRE SLO.

It was just 10 percent contained.

The fire broke out Thursday afternoon along Highway 166 east of Twitchell Reservoir. 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says the fire jumped Oak Canyon overnight. Crews would be working to protect about 100 homes in Tepusquet Canyon all day Saturday.

 At least 1,000 firefighters have been assigned to the Alamo Fire. In addition to fourth fixed-wing planes and five helicopters already working on the blaze, officials have ordered four dozer strike teams, ten hand crews, five more engines, and five water tankers.

Evacuation orders have been issued for Blazing Saddle Drive, Buckhorn Ridge, White Rock Lane, Colson Canyon Road, Pine Canyon, and Tepusquet Road south of Blazing Saddle Drive to Santa Maria Mesa Road. Those needing evacuation assistance should contact the Sheriff's Office at (805) 683-2724. There are about 200 homes in the evacuation area.

Tepusquet Road from Highway 166 to Santa Maria Mesa Road is closed.

The American Red Cross has opened a shelter for Alamo Fire evacuees at the Minami Community Center, located at 600 W. Enos Drive in Santa Maria. Officials say six evacuees were sheltered there Friday night. 

People needing assistance evacuating animals are advised to call (805) 681-4332.

For those wishing to help Alamo Fire evacuees, the Red Cross says the best way to help is through donating a financial gift online at http://redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.

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