UPDATE: Yuba County fire burns 900 acres, destroys home
UPDATE Wednesday 8:50 a.m.:
The Intanko Fire had burned 900 acres and is 50% contained as of Wednesday morning, according to a tweet from Cal Fire. The cause of this fire is still under investigation.
#IntankoFire (Update) Fire at 900 acres 50% contained. Intanko Lane near Beale AFB Yuba County. CAL FIRE firefighters remain on scene strengthening containment lines. CAL FIRE in unified command with Yuba Co. Sheriff. 1 home destroyed. No injuries. Cause is under investigation. pic.twitter.com/O4VZVGokIG— CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit (@CALFIRENEU) June 9, 2021
A fire in Yuba County, near Beale Air Force Base, had burned over 850 acres and destroyed at least one home as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.
The fire was considered to be 25% contained as of 6 p.m, with no further structures destroyed nor any injuries reported. The blaze was most recently reported as moving north toward Chuck Yeager and Waldo roads, according to Cal Fire spokesperson Mary Eldridge.
The fire, which started around 2 p.m. in the area of Intanko Lane and Spenceville Road, had forced authorities to go door-to-door and evacuate residents in homes that were immediately threatened by the blaze, according to Leslie Williams, a spokesperson for the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office. These evacuations were ordered primarily for people living on Wichita Way, as well as Kapaka and Intanko lanes, Williams said.
Evacuations were later expanded to areas north of the fire’s starting point, with residents near the Spenceville Wildlife area, as well as the intersections of Chuck Yeager and Waldo roads, being ordered to evacuate.
Authorities at Beale Air Force Base were also evacuating some personnel, she added, as the fire appeared to threaten some parts of the base.
A temporary evacuation center was set up around 3 p.m. for those in the evacuation zone at the Wheatland Community Center, at 101 C St., according to a post by the Sheriff’s Office’s Twitter page.
Cal Fire units, including a number of air units and fire bulldozers, were on the scene combating the blaze, with assistance from Beale personnel, Eldridge said.
The fire was difficult to contain, as high winds and dry grass in the affected area fueled the blaze, but firefighters had begun to make a headway near the forefront of the fire close to 5 p.m. Tuesday, allowing Cal Fire to update the blaze to a 10% containment level, Eldridge added. It was at 25% an hour later.
Authorities have not yet identified any potential cause of the fire.
Some residents north of the immediate evacuation zone were given an advisory evacuation warning, according to Williams. Communities still on advisory status include residents near Grand Way and Tyburn Drive, east of the fire’s starting point, as well as residents living near Walsh and Ray hills near Chuck Yeager Road, north of the the blaze’s origin.
People living in the advisory areas should be ready to possibly evacuate if the existing fire expands, Williams said.
After the fire began near Intanka Lane, it was quickly pushed by the wind across a grassy field toward nearby homes, leading to one residence catching fire and burning down completely, Eldridge said. Responding firefighters were able to prevent other surrounding residences from suffering a similar fate, but the blaze still threatened a multitude of homes in the area around the base, she added.
The region affected by the blaze is a primarily rural spot dotted with homes that tend to occupy properties that are anywhere between five to 20 acres, Eldridge said. She emphasized that the entire area is especially risky for wildfires due to the large tracts of dry grass covering these parcels of land.
Personnel from a number of different departments had responded to the blaze, in addition to the local Nevada-Yuba-Placer Cal Fire Unit, including firefighters from Placer County, Roseville Fire, Smartsville Fire, and the Linda Fire Department, Eldridge said.
Stephen Wyer is a staff writer with The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com
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