Beale Air Force Base evacuated as wind-whipped Intanko Fire rages

The Intanko Fire broke out on June 8, 2021, at Intanko and Kapaka lanes northeast of Wheatland.Cal Fire

A wind-whipped wildfire in Northern California triggered evacuations at the Beale Air Force Base on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Intanko Fire started today at 2 p.m. at Intanko Lane and Kapaka Lane northeast of the town of Wheatland in Yuba County, according to Cal Fire.

Flames have torn through 500 acres and the blaze is 10% contained as of 4:45 p.m., Cal Fire said. Strong southwest winds are pushing the fire. 

The base ordered base housing residents east of East Garryanna to immediately evacuate.

“There is a wildland fire heading directly toward that area,” the base said in a Tweet.

Cal Fire shared on Twitter at 4:30 p.m. that the fire is “moving north toward Chuck Yeager Road from Intanko Lane near Spenceville Road in Yuba County.”

A temporary evacuation center has been set up at the Wheatland Community Center, 101 C St., for affected residents, according to the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office.

Find the latest evacuation information on the base’s Facebook page.

You can also find updates on the Cal Fire incident page.

At least one structure has been destroyed and several are threatened. 

This is a developing story.

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