Sunday, July 22 , 2018, 8:13 am | Fair 65º


Local News

Evacuation Warnings Lifted As Alamo Fire Containment Reaches 95 Percent

All evacuation warnings for the Alamo Fire have been lifted as containment hit 95 percent Sunday morning.

Cal Fire officials said the blaze east of Santa Maria had charred 28,687 acres since it ignited July 6 off Highway 166 near Twitchell Reservoir.

“Crews will remain throughout the fire perimeter into next week to remove all firefighting equipment,” Cal Fire officials said in a statement.

“As fires continue to threaten our communities, resources are being effectively appropriated to battle wildland fires across the state of California.”

Full containment is expected July 22.

The cause of the fire, which started in San Luis Obispo County before moving into Santa Barbara County, remains under investigation, Cal Fire officials said.

In response to the progress, the team leading the fight will shift management back to the Cal Fire San Luis Obispo Unit at 2 p.m. Sunday. Cal Fire has served as San Luis Obispo County’s fire department since 1930.

As of Saturday night, personnel on the Alamo firefighting force, which once topped 2,200, had fallen to 990, in addition to 91 engines, nine tenders, 21 hand crews and four bulldozers.

Click here to sign up for free Noozhawk breaking news text alerts to your phone.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through Stripe below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >