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Alamo Fire 70% contained; Highway 166 reopened

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A sign thanks fire crews working to contain the Alamo Fire (KSBY photo) A sign thanks fire crews working to contain the Alamo Fire (KSBY photo)
The Alamo Fire burn area (CAL FIRE map) The Alamo Fire burn area (CAL FIRE map)
Firefighters conduct a firing operation at the Alamo Fire. (KSBY photo) Firefighters conduct a firing operation at the Alamo Fire. (KSBY photo)

6 p.m. UPDATE

CAL FIRE officials say the Alamo Fire is 70-percent contained at 28,687 acres and Highway 166 is back open. 2,100 firefighters remain at the fire, which has destroyed two homes and is threatening 133 structures.

Fire crews patrolled the fire line Wednesday, reinforced line construction and continued to mop-up, according to CAL FIRE. They were aided by minimal fire activity. CAL FIRE also began fire suppression repair and damage assessment.

It was also announced Wednesday evening that the U.S. Forest Service would be moving out of unified command as of 7 p.m.


9:30 a.m. UPDATE

CAL FIRE officials say evacuations orders for the following areas have been reduced to warnings, effective immediately:

  • Blazing Saddles Road
  • Tepusquet Canyon Road south from Blazing Saddles Road to Santa Maria Mesa Road
  • White Rock Lane
  • Colson Canyon
  • Tepusquet Canyon Road North from Blazing Saddles Road to Hwy 166
  • Buckhorn Ridge
  • Pine Canyon Road

As evacuees return home, firefighters warn residents to be cautious and yield to fire crews still working in the area. 

If you see down electrical wires, CAL FIRE says to stay away from them and call PG&E immediately. 

CAL FIRE also warns returning residents to steer clear of trees and poles with deep charring, especially if they are still smoking. 

If you are returning to your property, CAL FIRE officials advise people to be aware of hazardous materials like asbestos, heavy metals, by-products of plastic combustion and various other chemicals.


CAL FIRE officials announced Wednesday morning that evacuations for the Alamo Fire will soon be lifted or downgraded. 

The evacuation of Tepusquet Canyon expects to be downgraded from a mandatory order to a warning. Tepusquet Canyon residents will be allowed to return to the area tonight, according to fire officials. 

More information on changes to evacuations zones will be released by CAL FIRE at about 10:00 a.m. Wednesday. 

Residents are now allowed to access Highway 166.

Fire officials hope to have the highway reopened to the public by 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. 

Containment of the Alamo Fire increased to 65 percent overnight, while acreage remained 28,687 acres. 

CAL FIRE says some crews will be released Wednesday and sent home or to other fires burning across California. As of Wednesday morning, more than 2,200 firefighters were assigned to the fire. 

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