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Alamo Fire burns nearly 24,000 acres, 15% contained

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A CAL FIRE map shows the hottest parts of the Alamo Fire Sunday morning. A CAL FIRE map shows the hottest parts of the Alamo Fire Sunday morning.

The Alamo Fire has now charred 23,867 acres and is 15 percent contained, according to fire officials. 

CAL FIRE confirmed late Sunday that one structure has been destroyed in the fire.

At a news conference Sunday afternoon, CAL FIRE said the cost of fighting the blaze, which is currently the largest fire burning in the state, was $3.4 million. 

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

Firefighters say they are making good progress on the northern and eastern sides of the fire, but are experiencing dangerous and critical fire behavior as it is burning in steep and inaccessible terrain. 

More than 130 structures are threatened.

Evacuation orders remain in effect 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 remains closed. Tepusquet at Santa Maria Mesa Road was also 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. 

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

An air quality warning has been issued for all of Santa Barbara County due to smoke and ash from both the Whittier and Alamo fires. 

Fire officials say air and ground resources are being shared between both the Alamo and Whittier fires as priorities change. 

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

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