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Crews focus on 100 homes in Tepusquet Canyon threatened by 6,000-acre Alamo Fire

For full evening coverage of Day 3 of the Alamo Fire, please go here: http://tribne.ws/2uDncbV.

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Update: 2:20 p.m.

Four firefighters have been treated for minor injuries suffered during the Alamo Fire. Details about how they were injured and the nature of the injuries were not immediately available; however, the four have returned to duty.

Inmate work crews are now assisting Santa Barbara County Fire Department, local Cal Fire crews and other firefighting agencies as more resources make their way to the rural area east of Santa Maria where the fire continues to rage.

The state’s Cal Fire incident command crews plan to take over the command center Sunday.

Update: 1 p.m.

Watch a livestream of firefighting aircraft getting refueled at the Santa Maria Public Airport at https://video.nest.com/live/a587XJ and https://video.nest.com/live/jDym3c.

The air tankers, including a DC-10, are supporting firefighters on the ground in the Alamo Fire. Central Coast Jet Center is running the live feed.

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Evacuation orders are in place and have been issued for the following areas:

▪ Blazing Saddle Drive

▪ Buckhorn

▪ White Rock Lane

▪ Tepusquet Road, south of Blazing Saddle Drive to Santa Maria Mesa Road.

For evacuation assistance, contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office at 805-683-2724.

Update: 12:40 p.m.

The rapidly growing Alamo Fire has prompted air quality advisories for northern Santa Barbara County for the weekend as smoke blows into the Santa Maria area and other locations. The smoke is also affecting air quality in southern San Luis Obispo County.

The Santa Barbara County public health department recommends that everyone — especially those with heart or lung disease, older adults and children — limit time spent outdoors when high concentrations of smoke and particles are in the air. It also recommends keeping windows and doors closed and running the air conditioner with the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean.

Update: 11:50 a.m.

The Alamo Fire at 6,000 acres east of Santa Maria is the second largest wildfire burning in California on Saturday morning, according to Cal Fire. It’s just 10 percent contained.

The largest fire is the Schaeffer Fire in Tulare County, 17 miles north of Kernville. That fire is 12,268 acres and is 10 percent contained.

More than 3,000 firefighters are battling 15 large wildfires in the state on Saturday.

The Alamo Fire burning east of Santa Maria charred 6,000 acres as of Saturday morning. Here are scenes from the fire zone Friday afternoon into the night.

Update: 10:40 a.m.

Crews are focused on protecting a community of approximately 100 homes in Tepusquet Canyon threatened by the fast-growing Alamo Fire, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. The blaze jumped Oak Canyon overnight, according to officials, and has grown to nearly 6,000 acres at 10 percent containment Saturday morning.

A map released by the Sheriff’s Office shows the ground covered by the Alamo Fire as of Saturday morning.

Officials said, six evacuees utilized the Red Cross Shelter at the Minami Community Center in Santa Maria, 600 Enos Street. Animals are not allowed at the shelter.

For help with animals, residents are asked to call Santa Barbara County Animal Services at 805-681-4332 before bringing any pets to a shelter. Large animals can be taken to the Elks Rodeo grounds at 4040 Highway 1 in Santa Maria. Six large animals were received there Friday, according to the release.

Evacuation orders have been issued for the following areas:

▪ Blazing Saddle Drive

▪ Buckhorn

▪ White Rock Lane

▪ Tepusquet Road, south of Blazing Saddle Drive to Santa Maria Mesa Road.

For evacuation assistance, contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office at 805-683-2724.

Original story:

The Alamo Fire east of Santa Maria has grown to 6,000 acres despite firefighters’ efforts at containment Friday night and early Saturday.

“The fire nearly doubled in size last night,” Santa Barbara County Fire Department Capt. Dave Zaniboni said in a message recorded Saturday morning.

The fire is just 10 percent contained, Zaniboni said.

With the fire’s spread, mandatory evacuations remain in place in the Tepusquet Canyon area, “basically everything north of Santa Mesa Road,” Zaniboni said.

1,000 firefighters are on scene, assisted by five helicopters and four fixed-wing aircraft, with more resources on the way.

Zaniboni attributed the fire’s growth to high temperatures and wind, as well as low humidity. The wind is expected to shift northwesterly on Saturday afternoon, Zaniboni said, and so firefighters are focused on holding the fire back from spreading further into Tepusquet Canyon.

The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at the Minami Community Center at 600 W. Enos Drive in Santa Maria.

Noozhawk.com contributed to this report.

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