Britania fire reportedly 64% contained

A map illustrating the evacuation zone around the Britania Fire, as of Thursday Evening, August 30th. Courtesy of the Britania Fire Facebook page

A lightning-caused fire near the community of Wheatland was reported to be 64% contained as of Thursday night.

The fire is believed to have started just before 7:00 am, August 28th, approximately 6 miles west of Wheatland. As of Thursday night, the blaze had grown to 26,028 acres.

The fire has forced the evacuation of more than 50 residences. Officials say several primary structures and a number of outbuildings have likely been destroyed by the fire.

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Evacuations and road closures have forced the Postal Service to stop delivery to homes in the area due to the spread of the fire.

All mail destined for affected addresses is available for pickup at the Wheatland Post Office, located at 852 Walnut Avenue, until further notice.

“Your mail is safe with us and we hold it until all of us are allowed back into the area,” said Postmaster Christy Downes.

436 personnel were involved in containing the blaze, at last report.

Officials have also released, via the incident’s official Facebook page, that they are no longer in need of certain types of donations.

“We have a caterer that feeds two hot meals a day as well as a large sack lunch. By contract, they are required to feed more than 6,000 calories a day to each firefighter assigned here,” officials said in the written statement. “We also still have pallets of donated food, water, and Gatorade here at the [Incident Command Post] that firefighters have access to.”

Instead, officials are asking for donations of pre-stamped post cards, that will allow firefighters to send a word to their loved ones at home.

Of the 436 personnel, some firefighters have reportedly come from as far away as Florida, to assist with the fire.

Donations of pre-stamped post cards can be dropped off at the Britania Fire Incident Command Post, located at the Platte County Fairgrounds, in Wheatland.