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Wed Aug 29, 2018, 04:36 AM

Fire near Wheatland grows to nearly 19,000 acres; one residence presumed lost

WHEATLAND A wildfire burning west of Wheatland has grown to nearly 19,000 acres and is presumed to have destroyed at least one residence, authorities said Tuesday.

Shifting winds and rugged terrain have made fighting the blaze difficult for fire crews. About 200 firefighters are now on scene and approximately a dozen agencies are providing support. Four helicopters and an airplane are also working the fire.

The Britania Fire has destroyed some structures, and authorities believe one home was consumed. However, confirmation has been difficult because the terrain and fire conditions have blocked firefighters from reaching some areas.

Rural structures are being threatened by the fire, but a spokesman could not yet say whether the threatened buildings are cabins or ranch homes.

Read more: https://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/fire-near-wheatland-grows-to-nearly-acres-one-residence-presumed/article_40602ce2-b398-543c-ad39-5ac8c38ee6ca.html

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