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Damage Totals Mounting For Butte Fire

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The Butte Fire, as seen from the Mt. Zion Lookout on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.

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10:15 p.m. - Cal Fire says 135 homes and 83 other structures have been destroyed in the Butte Fire, which is burning in Amador and Calaveras counties. As of Sunday evening, the blaze stands at 65,300 acres and is 25 percent contained.

Mandatory Evacuation Orders:

New Manadatory Evacuation Orders: San Andreas at Pope, West Murray Creek, Lewis, Miller, San Andreas Elementary, Goldstrike, Mountain Ranch East to Windmill, Wimbledon Drive, Forest Hill, and Turner Court. Please leave the area immediately.

(Amador County) Canyon View, Fig Tree Lane, and Ponderosa Way; Tabeau Road south of Arrowhead to Amador Road, Ranch Drive and Aqueduct Grove Road.

(Calaveras County) Town of Mokelumne Hill, East of Hwy 49 from the Amador/Calaveras County line South to Goldstrike Road. South on Goldstrike Road to the Community of San Andreas. Rural areas East of San Andreas to Mountain Ranch Road. Mountain Ranch Road to Calaveritas Road to Fourth Crossing. Fourth Crossing to Hwy 49. East side of Hwy 49 South to North side of Hwy 4 (Angels Camp). North side of Hwy 4 East to Town of Arnold. All of SR 26 from Mokelumne Hill, North to the Amador/Calaveras County line. To include the communities of Glencoe, Westpoint, and Wilseyville. San Andreas at Pope, West Murray Creek, Lewis, Miller, San Andreas Elementary, Goldstrike, Mountain Ranch East to Windmill, Wimbledon Drive, Forest Hill, and Turner Court.

Evacuations Advisory:

(Amador County) Hwy 88 from Ranch Road East to Tiger Creek Road (Red Corral and Buckhorn Areas).

(Calaveras County) City of Angels Camp, Hwy 49 South to Hwy 4 South at the city limits of Angels Camp. Town of Arnold, Northwest of Hwy 4 includes sub-divisions of Lakemont, Mill Woods and Meadowmont. Hwy 4 North to Sheep Ranch Road/Blue Lake Springs sub-division, Big Trees State Park, Town of Dorrington, Town of Murphys and Forest Meadows. Town of San Andreas. Poole Station Road, Carroll Kennedy Road, Cement Plant Road, Demearest Mine Road, Oak Valley Road, Gelding Road, Stallion Road, Deer Creek Road, Copello Road.

Evacuation Centers:

    Red Cross: 925-588-6678
    Jackson Rancheria Hotel, 12222 New York Ranch Road, Jackson
    Jenny Lind Veterans Hall, 189 Pine Street, Valley Springs, CA
    Good Samaritan Church, 4684 Baldwin Street, Valley Springs
    Burson Full Gospel Church, 3201 Hwy 12, Burson
    Glory Bound Fellowship, 3061 Hwy 12, Burson
    Copperopolis Elementary School, 217 School Street, Copperopolis

Large Animal Pet Shelters: (Calaveras) Calaveras County Fairgrounds (Amador) Amador County Fairgrounds, contact Kelly Reason at 530-503-5233 

 


6 p.m. - Eighty-one homes have been destroyed in the Butte Fire, which is burning in Amador and Calaveras counties. As of Sunday evening, the blaze stands at 65,300 acres and is 25 percent contained. Cal Fire says there are 4,500 firefighters battling the wildfire.

The following evacuation orders are in place:

Mandatory Evacuation Orders:

San Andreas at Pope, West Murray Creek, Lewis, Miller, San Andreas Elementary, Goldstrike, Mountain Ranch East to Windmill, Wimbledon Drive, Forest Hill, and Turner Court. Please leave the area immediately.

(Amador County) Canyon View, Fig Tree Lane, and Ponderosa Way; the Town of Pine Grove to include all areas South of Hwy 88 from West Clinton Road, East to Ranch Drive. Inclusive of the Communities of Ranch House Estates, Pine Acres, Jackson Pines, Pine Grove Ranchettes and Lake Tabeau.

(Calaveras County) Town of Mokelumne Hill, East of Hwy 49 from the Amador/Calaveras County line South to Goldstrike Road. South on Goldstrike Road to the Community of San Andreas. Rural areas East of San Andreas to Mountain Ranch Road. Mountain Ranch Road to Calaveritas Road to Fourth Crossing. Fourth Crossing to Hwy 49. East side of Hwy 49 South to North side of Hwy 4 (Angels Camp). North side of Hwy 4 East to Town of Arnold. All of SR 26 from Mokelumne Hill North to the Amador/Calaveras County line. To include the communities of Glencoe, Westpoint, and Wilseyville. San Andreas at Pope, West Murray Creek, Lewis, Miller, San Andreas Elementary, Goldstrike, Mountain Ranch East to Windmill, Wimbledon Drive, Forest Hill, and Turner Court.

9:45 a.m. - Amador County Unified School District schools will be closed Monday due to the Butte Fire.

The district released this statement:

This is the Interim Superintendent of Amador County Unified School District. Our schools will remain closed for Monday. Many of our staff, students and families are still impacted by the current fire situation. In addition, we are still dealing with evacuation orders, road closures and bad air quality due to the fire.  Starting Monday the district will be making sure each school is in adequate operating condition to welcome back our students and staff during this week when the fire conditions allow. The decision to reopen schools will be made on a daily bases depending on safety considerations. Please continue to be safe.
Sincerely,

Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti


Sunday 8:27 a.m. Containment of the Butte Fire has increased to 20 percent, but evacuation orders remain for San Andreas, Mokelumne Hill, and Pine Grove. Acreage burned grew slightly overnight, to 65,215. At least 86 homes and 51 outbuildings have been destroyed.

There are 4,163 firefighters and support personnel at the fire now.
They include staffing for 474 engines, 17 helicopters, and 102 bulldozers.The fire started Wednesday in the Mokelumne River drainage area and spread quickly through wildland areas and other drainages.

Cal Fire has not identified a cause for the fire.