St. James' Checks In During Tanker Fire, Evacuation

St. James' Checks In During Tanker Fire, Evacuation

updated, 8/26, 1:27 pm ~ Lincoln, California

The Rev. Canon Britt Olson has spoken with the Rev. William (Bill) Rontani, Vicar of St. James', Lincoln following the recent evacuation in Lincoln as a result of a tanker fire, which is currently threatening a one-mile radius surrounding the blaze. In a press conference held earlier this morning, Lincoln Fire Department Spokesman David Witt placed estimates at 170,000 - 500,000 gallons of propane in the burning and adjacent area.

Fr. Bill shared that "everyone is currently safe and the church is secure," noting that mid-week services have been cancelled. He has been visiting the overnight shelters and people are calm. He led prayers at the Chamber of Commerce meeting this morning, and has spoken personally with the fire chief. When he asked how St. James' might be of assistance, the chief asked for his prayers. They are planning a risky maneuver, called "hot tap," to drain the propane into a pool and then burn it off. The fear is a resulting explosion with shrapnel that could travel great distances and pose a grave danger.

Fr. Bill has expressed his gratitude for the prayers of the diocese as this emergency unfolds.

Office of the Bishop staff are following this situation carefully and will share any relevant news as it is received. Please watch the diocesan website at for further developments as well.

Click here to read a note of thanks from Father Bill to the Rev. Canon Britt Olson

Click here to follow photos and news coverage of this event as provided by The Sacramento Bee.

Click here to follow up-to-the minute LIVE updates as covered by KCRA.



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