Alamo fire in California doubles to almost 6000 acres overnight

Monday, 10 Jul, 2017

The Whittier blaze caused at least 2,000 people to evacuate Saturday, including at least 60 campers who were attending the Circle V Ranch, a popular summer camp, DePinto said.

The fire is one of three in the state that grew quickly as much of California baked in heat that's broken records in Southern California.

Winds are expected to shift to a northwesterly direction pushing the fire toward the Tepusquet Canyon area, where crews spent Saturday protecting the community of about 100 homes.

The grass fire in northwestern Colorado had burned 18 square miles (47 square kilometers) and was spreading in several directions at once because of wind patterns from passing thunderstorms, fire information officer Chris Barth said.

On Thursday, the American Red Cross ‏said it is providing shelter and meals for those affected by the blaze.

Leave now. An Evacuation Warning is issued for Paradise Rd and West Camino Cielo.

"Rumor control: law enforcement agencies are not giving out "travel passes" to allow access to closed roads", the Butte County Sheriff's Office tweeted Saturday afternoon.

There have been no immediate reports of fire-related deaths.

Two wildfires tore through western California Saturday, temporarily preventing a group of children from being evacuated from their campsite, authorities said. On Sunday, 5,000 firefighters were battling blazes on over 56,000 acres, Pacific Palisades Patch reported. The Axel fire was reported burning near Axel Court and Barrister Court.

Evacuation orders have been given to about 300 residents in the area.

"The fire continues to burn actively", the Cal Fire website said Sunday morning.

SBC Captain Mike Young took these photos from the Air Support Unit's helicopter as it was working the Alamo Fire on Friday afternoon.

The so-called Alamo Fire, feeding on bone-dry vegetation, almost tripled in size on Saturday to about 19,000 acres (7,700 hectares) on the border between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Brush fire in the 2400 block of Highway 154 near Camp Whittier, approximately 17 miles north of Santa Barbara.

The fire is now zero percent contained.