Yuba County fire burns more than 900 acres, leaves family without a home

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The Latest – Wednesday, June 9:

9:12 p.m.

Containment is at 85%.

6:41 p.m.

Cal Fire says the fire burned 939 acres. Containment is at 70%.

11:20

The Intanko Fire burning in Yuba County is 950 acres and 50% contained, Cal Fire said. 

Fire crews remain at the scene strengthening the containment lines.

7:45 a.m. 

The Intanko Fire burning in Yuba County is 950 acres and 45% contained, Cal Fire said. 


Original story below:

YUBA COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — High winds whipped flames across dry fields of grass in Yuba County Tuesday afternoon, ultimately burning down a home. 

The Intanko Fire burned 900 acres and is 40% contained, Cal Fire said. The forward progress of the fire has stopped, and all evacuation warnings have been lifted.

Officials with Beale Air Force Base said the fire began around 2:30 p.m. near the Vassar Lake Gate, north of Camp Far West Reservoir.

The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department warned residents of the fast-moving fire burning northeast of Wheatland, reaching Beale Air Force Base property. 

According to a spokesperson, the fire chief for Beale Air Force Base ordered residents living in base housing east of East Garryanna Drive to evacuate immediately. The Vassar Lake Gate was also closed.

The fire impacted base residents near the gate, and in response, a partial evacuation of base housing and surrounding facilities was conducted.

The partial evacuation included the Youth Center, Community Activity Center and the Harris Fitness Center, according to a release from the base.

Deputies knocked on residents’ doors in the area of Intanko and Kapaka lanes issuing evacuation warnings. An evacuation warning was also issued for those living in the rural area of Waldo Junction.

An area north of Waldo Junction and the base was also advised to closely follow authorities’ updates as the flames quickly moved north.

A temporary evacuation center was set up at the Wheatland Community Center at 101 C St.

FOX40 spoke to the family who lost their home in the Intanko Fire. 

“We saw the fire first coming up over here and then the wind was so strong that within less than 5 minutes, it went from over there, jumped the road and our firebreak, and then came onto our property and then within a couple of minutes our house was on fire,” homeowner Jennifer Houston told FOX40.

“I look at every opportunity as something that’s positive. It’s not the things that happened to you that matter; it’s how you let them affect you. And every wish that I make on birthday candles and shooting stars, I always wish that things will happen the best way that they possibly can,” Houston continued.

“Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise that we just don’t know exactly what it is yet. … My family’s still alive; my animal survived. I’m just gonna do the best that I can to be happy and move forward.”

Crews remained at the scene throughout the night, monitoring containment lines and potential hotspots.

A GoFundMe has been created for the family whose home was lost in the fire.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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