Above: 3-D map of the Alamo Fire as determined by a USFS mapping aircraft at 12:30 a.m. PDT July 9, 2017.
(Originally published at 6:35 a.m. PDT July 9, 2017)
The Alamo fire was very active again on Saturday, growing on the east, south, and west sides to within four miles of US Highway 101 and the city of Santa Maria. A mapping flight very early Sunday morning determined that it has burned 23,867 acres. It is possible some grassy areas in a previous fire on the west side burned in the afternoon and then cooled before the heat detectors on the aircraft passed over the fire after midnight early Sunday, so it could be a couple of thousand acres larger.
Evacuations have affected about 200 residences, but there have been no reports of structures being destroyed. CAL FIRE’s Type 1 Incident Management Team led by Brett Gouvea has assumed command of the fire.
Saturday night the resources assigned included 27 hand crews, 38 engines, 4 helicopters, and 613 personnel.
This is one of two wildfires burning in Santa Barbara County. The other is the Whittier Fire about five miles northwest of Goleta.