A vegetation fire that had ravaged more than 950 acres in northern California forced Tuesday’s evacuation of a U.S. Air Force base nearby.
As hot winds whipped through Yuba County, the Intanko Fire sparked at around 2 p.m. PT northeast of the town of Wheatland, destroying at least one structure and threatening others.
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The area was below red flag warningsBecause of the “gusty winds” and the “low humidity.”
Although no injuries were reported, evacuation orders were issued for housing units at Beale Airforce Base.
“By order of the Beale AFB Fire Chief, all housing residents east of East Garryanna in base housing must immediately evacuate to the *BASE GYM.* There is a wildland fire heading directly toward that area,” the military base wrote in a Facebook post.
The official county Twitter account posted updates maps of evacuation areas.
Pictures posted to TwitterCal Fire local showed firefighters responding to the scene, including burnt cars and scorched land.
According to its Facebook, the evacuation orders for the base were lifted at 6:30 p.m.
“The Air Quality Index was used to determine the lifting or evacuation order. Individuals can return to their homes if they feel safe. However, it is recommended that people stay in their homes for the remainder. Individuals who feel that their home is unsafe for them to return should contact their chain or command. They will be able to provide alternative and reimbursable options.
This year, Cal Fire has warned that the state has continued to “experience an increase in wildfiresAnd acres burned in comparison to last year.”
The Golden State is, like most of the west U.S.A, in the middle of a historic drought.
Arid conditions have left hills without new vegetation and dried up reservoirs that are critical water sources for the state – an ominous sign at the beginning of wildfire season.
Source: Fox News