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Hwy. 166 reopens, evacuation orders reduced as Alamo Fire reaches 78 percent containment

Alamo Fire's path of destruction along Highway 166

A look at the destructive aftermath of the Alamo Fire, which burned along Highway 166 on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The fire had grown to 19,000 acres as of 5 p.m. Saturday and was still raging in a remote area of Santa Barbara County.
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A look at the destructive aftermath of the Alamo Fire, which burned along Highway 166 on Saturday, July 8, 2017. The fire had grown to 19,000 acres as of 5 p.m. Saturday and was still raging in a remote area of Santa Barbara County.

Update Thursday, 7 a.m.

Crews pushed containment to 78 percent overnight, and the fire decreased to 28,687 acres. Firefighters plan to strengthen containment lines and diminish hot spots inside the fire perimeter Thursday, Cal Fire said in a news release.

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Highway 166 was reopened and all road other closures were lifted Wednesday as crews continued to make progress on the Alamo Fire in northern Santa Barbara County.

There was minimal fire activity, according to Cal Fire, no new structures were burned and containment reached 70 percent.

Evacuation orders for some displaced residents were reduced to warnings, and Cal Fire advised residents re-entering property in the area to use extreme caution.

The blaze, which sparked near Santa Maria one week ago, has scorched 28,687 acres — a slight decrease from Tuesday, when it was reported at 28,926 acres. Full containment is expected by Saturday.

Cal Fire on Wednesday morning tweeted that evacuation orders were reduced to warnings for the following areas, effective immediately:

▪  Blazing Saddles Road

▪  Tepusquet Canyon Road south from Blazing Saddles Road to Santa Maria Mesa Road

▪  White Rock Lane

▪  Colson Canyon and Tepusquet Canyon roads north from Blazing Saddles Road to Highway 166 and Buckhorn Ridge and Pine Canyon roads

Lindsey Holden: 805-781-7939, @lindseyholden27

The "extreme fire activity" of the Alamo Fire east of Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County is mostly being fought by air because of the rugged terrain. Here's some of the footage, courtesy Cal Fire SLO.

The American Red Cross is set up in the Miniami Community Center in Santa Maria, and the SLO County Horse Emergency Evacuation Team (H.E.E.T) helps round up horses on Sunday, July 9, 2017, to take to the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo grounds.

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