VIDEO: It was a race against the wind Tuesday as resources worked to get ahead of the fast-moving Intanko Fire that burned across Yuba County, forced evacuations and destroyed one family’s home.
Crews were on the ground and other resources had to fight from the sky as the fire grew to burn over 900 acres before forward progress was stopped Tuesday evening. “Fires are hard to put out to begin with, and then when you add the wind to it. It pushes them a lot quicker,” said Cal Fire spokesperson Lynne Tolmachoff.
Planes flew feet from the ground as helicopters dropped water.
“For firefighters, they’re just trying to get ahead of the fire to make it stop,” Tolmachoff said.
Sam Houston, whose home couldn’t be saved, said there was no stopping the flames.
“We seen it when it was still on the other side of the road,” Houston said.