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Beale, Local Fire Agencies contain Intanko Fire

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.

Chief Master Sgt. Tori Jones, 9th Reconnaissance Wing command chief, addresses evacuees of the Intanko Fire June 8, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Housing residents were instructed to evacuate to the Harris Fitness Center, Recce Point Club, or the Community Activity Center. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Juliana Londono)

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.

Airman 1st Class Shemar Johnson, 9th Wing Special Staff Religious Affairs, distributes rations to an evacuee of the Intanko Fire June 8, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Religious Affairs Airmen were on location to provide food, water and support to evacuated housing residents. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Juliana Londono)

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.

Col. Jason A. Eckberg, 9th Reconnaissance Wing vice commander, shakes hands with Airman 1st Class Shemar Johnson, 9th Wing Special Staff Religious Affairs, and thanks him for his support to the evacuees of the Intanko Fire June 8, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The 9th Force Support Squadron conducted beddown operations on location while Religious Affairs Airmen supplied rations to evacuees. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Juliana Londono)

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.

Staff Sgt. Kerry Sheehan, 9th Force Support Squadron fitness technician, prepares the Harris Fitness Center for evacuees of the Intanko Fire June 8, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The Harris Fitness Center was one of three evacuation sites for housing residents affected by the fire. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Juliana Londono)

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Eric C. Judd, 9th Security Forces Squadron commander, works alongside the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department during the Intanko fire,June 8, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. A multitude of local first responder agencies arrived to aid the Beale’s fight against the fire. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W.Cochran)

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.

A CalFire S-2T Airtanker drops fire retardant on the Intanko Fire June 8, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The aircraft aided firefighters on the ground by dropping fire retardant. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.

CalFire firefighters respond to the Intanko fire June 8, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The teamwork between Beale first responders and the local community was paramount in the containment of the fire. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.

A helicopter carries water to assist responders on the ground of the Intanko Fire June 8, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The local community worked alongside Beale first responders to contain the fire. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.

A damaged sign from Candy Cane Park is a result of the Intanko Fire June 8, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The Intanko Fire burned approximately 939 acres and did not damage any structures on the installation. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.
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Smoke from the Intanko Fire plumes over the Beale Air Force Base, California, June 8, 2021. The fire resulted in the evacuation of base housing residents and was extinguished through the efforts of the local community and base first responders. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.
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Houses sit yards away from where the Intanko Fire burned June 8, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Beale first responders and local fire agencies worked together to contain the fire. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.
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A rabbit runs through the remnants of the Intanko Fire June 8, 2021, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The fire worked its way onto the base leading to a mass evacuation of housing residents. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason W. Cochran)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California --

On June 8, 2021, Airmen and families on Beale Air Force Base were struck with a real-world notification, directing residents to evacuate due to an approaching wildfire.

As the Intanko Fire crept toward base, smoke began engulfing neighborhoods. Families gathered their belongings, corralled into vehicles and evacuated.

While Airmen were evacuating, Beale’s Fire Department and Civil Engineers were on scene working to mitigate the growing fire. Their mission was aided by community partners, such as CalFire, Wheatland Fire Department, Linda Fire Department and other local agencies.

“Our fire department and the local agencies are the best in a stressful environment,” said Abel Salas, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron assistant fire chief. “They kept residents calm as they evacuated with loved ones and contained the fire.”

The Intanko Fire burned approximately 939 acres in total and no structures were damaged on base.

“When everything settled down and the hectic phase of it had passed, I was just happy to see that all of the homes were not damaged and everyone was safe,” said Senior Airman John Nethercutt, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter. “I was proud of everyone for doing such an amazing job”.

The initial evacuation notice was given at 2:28 p.m. and by 6:33 p.m the fire was contained on base and residents were informed they could return to their homes.

“The whole team did great at getting everyone evacuated, controlling the fire and getting us back in our homes so quickly,” said Master Sgt. Edward Okoegwale, housing resident. “My family and I couldn’t be more grateful for the efforts of the first responders.”