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Butte, Amador-El Dorado Unit, Cal Fire. One mile north of Mokelumne Hill, CA. Timber, chaparral and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with  smoldering.

October 1, 2015 at 6:18 PM

Full containment achieved.

October 1, 2015 at 7:31 AM

The Butte Fire Information / Recovery line has been changed to 209-754-5527. CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 transitioned command to the Amador-El Dorado and the Tuolumne-Calaveras Units. Crews are continuing mop-up operations.

A Community Meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Railroad Flat Elementary School, 298 Railroad Flat Road, Railroad Flat, CA 95248

September 28, 2015 at 6:40 AM

As of 9 AM on Monday, September 28, 2015 the Butte Fire Information / Recovery line will change to 209-754-5527. CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 will transition Command to the Amador El Dorado and the Tuolumne Calaveras Units at 10:00 AM.

September 27, 2015 at 10:01 AM

All evacuation advisories and road closures related to the Butte incident have been lifted.

CAL FIRE will conduct a community meeting in Calaveras County to provide information on the Butte Fire. Representatives will be on hand to address community needs and answer questions.

Monday, September 28, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.
Mountain Ranch Community Clubhouse
8049 Washington Street
Mountain Ranch, CA 95246

The total number of damaged and destroyed structures will vary due to different reporting criteria between CAL FIRE’s damage inspection process and the FEMA’s damage inspection process. The ICS 209 uses FEMA reportable damage inspection numbers. The CAL FIRE damage inspection numbers are: Destroyed Residences 549, Destroyed Outbuildings 368, Destroyed Commercial Structures 4, Damaged Residences 22, Damaged Commercial Structures 1, Damaged Outbuildings 22.

September 26, 2015 at 8:08 AM

The Damage Assessment team is continuing to work diligently and has re-classified the structures destroyed to a more accurate estimate. Fire behavior remained minimal within the fire perimeter. Firefighters continue mop-up operations to increase containment lines. The public is reminded that there are still emergency vehicles and personnel working in the area. Please use caution and remain alert to any changes in fire conditions

September 25, 2015 at 7:15 AM

Fire behavior remained minimal within the fire perimeter. Firefighters continue mop-up operations to increase containment lines. Demobilization of excess resources is continuing.

September 24, 2015 at 9:52 AM

All remaining areas under Evacuation Advisory on the Butte Fire have been lifted. There are NO further Mandatory Evacuations, Evacuation Advisories, or road closures.

The Damage Assessment team is continuing to work diligently and has re-classified the structures destroyed to a more accurate estimate. 475 residences and 343 outbuildings destroyed, 42 structures damaged.

Fire behavior remained minimal within the fire perimeter. Firefighters continue mop-up operations to increase containment lines.

September 23, 2015 at 6:37 AM

Fire behavior remained minimal within the fire perimeter. Firefighters continue mop-up operations to increase containment lines. Smoke may continue to impact the affected fire areas and surrounding communities. Influence of high pressure over the region will continue to weaken on Wednesday. Winds will be more terrain driven today with the influence of the Delta Breeze expected in the afternoon. Arrival of the Breeze will cause winds to shift from southwest to west or even northwest and lead to a slight increase in speeds. A warm temperatures return on Thursday and continue through the end of the week.

The Mokelumne River portion of the fire may start to see more leaf and needle litter on the surface as the winds increase, creating more smoldering material. Post lookouts to watch for increases in fire activity which could cause ember cast. The east and south side of the fire will continue to have smoldering in the islands of unburned fuels, which will become active in the late morning to afternoon. Any area that has an understory burn with standing brush the leaves will start falling and creating a new surface layer with cured fuels. These leaves and needles will readily ignite when in contact from an ember or smoldering fuels.

Today’s control objectives are to keep the fire:

1. North of the Esmerelda Road
2. South of Highway 88
3. East of Highway 49
4. West of the Stanislaus National Forest DPA boundry

September 22, 2015 at 7:13 AM

The number of damaged and destroyed structures is currently under review with FEMA. Evacuation advisory for all communities inside the perimeter remain in effect. The Butte Incident is supporting recovery efforts with a telephone hotline.

The sky will be clear with high temperatures and low humidity again today. The temperature will be 87-92 degrees during the day and 59-66 degrees overnight. The humidity will be 17-25% during the day with a slight recovery to 23-30% overnight. Winds will be light from the southwest to west 5-8 mph with gust to 14 mph slopes/valleys and 7-10 mph with gusts to 18 mph on the ridges during the day. Overnight winds will be southeast 3-6 mph with gust to 9 mph in the valleys and slopes and ridge winds will be 5-8 mph with gusts to 14 mph.

Fire behavior forecast:

There was minimal to no humidity recovery the past 3 nights, keeping the light fuels at a low moisture level. The winds will increase tomorrow but it will bring in some moisture from the delta. This will help to lower the Probability of Ignition to 60-90%, depending on what aspect you area working on. The will increase the spotting distance, however unless there is column development the ember production and distance should be minimal.

The Mokelumne River portion of the fire may start to see more leaf and needle litter on the surface as the winds increase, creating more smoldering material. Post lookouts to watch for increases in fire activity which could cause ember cast. The east and south side of the fire will continue to have smoldering in the islands of unburned fuels, which will become active in the late morning to afternoon. On the south side of the fire watch for rolling material in the steeper sections of the islands. The rolling material may increase the fire activity allowing for short range spotting along Fricot City Road. Pay attention to the masticators along the road, the equipment has the potential to start a new fire in the dry conditions. Any area that has an understory burn with standing brush the leaves will start falling and creating a new surface layer with cured fuels. These leaves and needles will readily ignite when in contact from an ember or smoldering fuels.

September 21, 2015 at 7:09 PM

No change in acreage or containment on the Butte Fire today.

September 21, 2015 at 7:12 AM

Fire behavior remained minimal within the fire perimeter. Firefighters continue mop-up operations to increase containment lines. Smoke may continue to impact the affected fire areas and surrounding communities.

The sky will be clear with high temperatures and low humidity again today. The temperature will be 88-95 degrees during the day and 62-73 degrees overnight. The humidity will be 7-14% during the day with a slight recovery to 20-27% overnight. Winds will be light from the west to northwest 4-7 mph slopes/valleys and 6-9 mph on the ridges during the day. Overnight winds will be northwest 3-6 mph becoming east 4-7 mph with gusts to 10 mph in the valleys and slopes, ridge winds will be northwest 4-7 mph becoming northeast 5-8 mph with gusts to 13 mph.

There was minimal to no humidity recovery the past 2 nights, keeping the light fuels at a low moisture level. This limited recovery will bring the Probability of Ignition to 90-100% early in the morning. Winds will begin to increase slightly over the next several days as a dry cold front comes through the area. The winds will increase spotting distance slightly. A new fire will be mainly influenced by the dry fuels and will have a slow rate of spread. Steeper terrain will increase the rate of spread. If a fire becomes plume dominated it will have rapid to extreme rates of spread due to the increasing spotting distance. The smoldering fuels will continue to burn and may become active in the heat of the day.

September 20, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Mandatory Evacuation orders for the following have been changed to Evacuation Advisories:

1) El Dorado Trail east of East Murray Creek
2) Green Ranch Trail north of East Murray Creek
3) Fricot City Road at the ROP school, and at Fricot City Road at Sheep Ranch Road

There are no longer any mandatory evacuations in place on the Butte Fire

September 20, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Fire behavior remained minimal during the night within the fire perimeter. Firefighters continue mop-up operations to increase containment lines. Smoke may continue to impact the affected fire areas and surrounding communities. The public is reminded to use caution as utility companies, such as electrical, water and sewer, may not be restored for up to a week.

Today will be sunny and the humidity will continue to decrease today with slightly higher temperatures. The temperature will be 85-94 degrees during the day and 62-70 degrees overnight. The humidity will be 7-15% during the day with a slight recovery to 21-29% overnight. Winds will be light from the west 3-6 mph slopes/valleys and west 5-8 mph on the ridges during the day. Overnight winds will be northwest 3-6 mph becoming east with gusts to 9 mph in the valleys and slopes, ridge winds will be northwest 4-7 mph becoming northeast with gusts to 11.

The fuels in the area have returned to their cured state and combined with the weather the Probability of Ignition is 100%. Short range spotting will be minimal due to the light wind unless a column starts to develop. As a column develops it will continue to increase spotting distance, to medium range since the winds aloft are light. The smoldering fuels will continue to burn and may become active in the heat of the day. As the heavier fuels burn down watch for rolling material on the steeper slopes. The overnight winds will have higher gusts watch for ember cast in any area that may have active fire. The Mokelumne River portion of the fire will continue to have rolling material as it continues to smolder and break loose. Post lookouts to watch for any material which may cross the containment lines. The east and south side of the fire will continue to have smoldering in the islands of unburned fuels, which may become active in the late morning to afternoon. On the south side of the fire watch for rolling material in the steeper sections of the islands. The rolling material may increase the fire activity allowing for short range spotting along Fricot City Road. Pay attention to the masticators along the road, there is a possibility for a new start with the dry conditions.The west side of the fire will continue to some smoldering material. Any area that has an understory burn with standing brush the leaves will start falling and creating a new surface layer. This new surface layer will readily burn when it is on top of smoldering material.

September 19, 2015 at 10:48 AM

Repopulation Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Mandatory Evacuation orders for the following have been changed to Evacuation Advisories:

(Jesus Maria) 1) All areas and roads in the community of Jesus Maria (Mountain Ranch)

All areas and roads in the community of Mountain Ranch except for the following (the following areas are still under Mandatory Evacuation):

1) El Dorado Trail east of East Murray Creek
2) Green Ranch Trail north of East Murray Creek
3) Fricot City Road at the ROP school, and at Fricot City Road at Sheep Ranch Road

Evacuations Advisories have been lifted in the following areas:

1) All areas and roads north and northwest of SR 26, from the intersection of SR 26 at Rich Gulch to SR 26 at the Calaveras/Amador County line.
2) All areas and roads in the communities of Bummerville, Wilseyville, Glencoe and West Point
3) All areas and roads north of the following:
– Doe Road
– Prussian Hill Road
– Hoffeditz Road
– McCarthy Reservoir Road
4) All areas and roads north of the Calaveras River from Glencoe to the Calaveras Reservoir near McCarthy Reservoir Road.

Additional Road Closures:

– East Murray Creek at El Dorado Trail
– East Murray Creek at Green River Ranch
– Fricot City Road at the ROP school
– Sheep Ranch Road at Fricot City Road

September 19, 2015 at 8:08 AM

The weather will continue to increase in temperature and lower humidity. Temperatures will be 85-90 during the day and 60-68 overnight. Relative humidity will be 10-18% during the day and 40-50% overnight. Winds will mainly be terrain driven with northwest to west 5-8 mph during the day and northwest 3-7 mph becoming east to northeast 3-7 mph overnight.

Fire behavior forecast

The fuels have completely returned to their cured state. The limited humidity recovery at night will make the fuels available for ignition earlier in the day. Islands within the fire will continue to smolder and burn. Many of the islands also contain houses, without fire line around them. There are many areas of standing brush were the understory has burned. In these areas the brush and the trees have started to drop their leaves, creating a new surface layer of fuels. These areas will have the potential to re-burn and climb into the canopy of the brush. This will create a spotting potential. The spotting distance will increase with higher winds and/or column development. The Probability of Ignition will return to 90-100% in the afternoon.

The weather will increase the fire activity and areas previously smoldering can become active. The northeast side of the will have rollout as the heavier material continue to burn and become unstable. The east side of the fire has many islands that will become active and can have an effect on the houses in the area. Embers from a burning island can ignite new fires in the vegetation around a structure. Aggressively patrol the islands for smoldering materials and ensure complete extinguishment. The south portion of the fire along Fricot City Road has islands of green brush along the control line. If this fire becomes active there is the possibility of it crossing the line and progressing into the drainage to the south. The west side of the fire has had minimal problems the past several days. Much of the area is in the grass oak woodland and has very little heavy fuels.

September 19, 2015 at 7:44 AM

CAL FIRE Incident Management Team I will conduct community meetings in Amador and Calaveras Counties to provide information and general overview of the Butte Fire. Representatives will be addressing community needs and answering questions.

The following are the times and locations of the community meetings:

Amador County Community Meeting:
Monday, September 21, 2015 at 7:00 P.M.
Pine Grove Town Hall
19889 Highway 88
Pine Grove, CA 95665

Calaveras County Community Meeting
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.
Bret Harte High School: Multi-Purpose room
323 S. Main Street
Angels Camp, CA 95222

September 18, 2015 at 8:45 PM

10 members of Central Calaveras Fire and Rescue Protection District (CCFRPD) have lost their homes while working on this devastating fire. A fund has been set up to help these people so that they can get back on their feet again and continue to protect and serve the CCFRPD area.

If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please contact Central Calaveras Firefighters Association via email — aid@centralcalaverasfirefightersassoc.org ; mail checks to CCFFA, PO Box 533, Mountain Ranch, CA 95246, or http://centralcalaverasfirefightersassoc.org/

September 18, 2015 at 6:32 PM

CAL FIRE PIO: Just In – The #ButteFire in Amador & Calaveras counties is now 70,760 acres and 63% contained. Minimal fire activity during the day shift allowed for increased containment.

September 18, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Mandatory Evacuation orders for the following have been changed to Evacuation Advisories:

(Some areas of the Communities of Mountain Ranch and Jesus Maria)

1) Whiskey Slide Road open from Jesus Maria Road to Mountain Ranch Road. All of Worden Road, 44 Ranch Road, Wendell Road, Story Road, Greenhills Couty, Francine Road, Francine Court, Jesus Maria Road is closed at Whiskey Slide
2) East Murray Creek Road is closed at Whiskey Slide
3) Fricot City Road is closed in Sheep Ranch
4) Mountain Ranch Road is closed at Avenue A
5) Washington Street, Garabaldi Street, Upper Michel Road, Lower Michel Road, Cave City Road to Steeds Way, Mountain Vista Drive, Mountain Meadows Drive, Ponderosa Way off of Michel Road, Alamo Road, Gaston Hill Road, Starlight Lane, Carson Hill, Cotton Flat Road, Hidden Valley Road, Old Gulch Road, Frecerro Road, Vista Amorosa Road, Old Miners Way, Bigfoot Road, High Country Road, Shalom Way, Blue Eagle Way
6) Jesus Maria Road to Red Cloud Court, Springlake Road, Smith Road, Old Emmigrant Trail West on the north and south side to Rustlers Pass, Calaveras Creek Circle, Olts Road, Eagle View Drive, Royal Ridge Drive, Sheep Ranch Road to Scotts Junction, Lakeside Drive, Lava Cap Court, White Rock Road, Lakeview Drive, McKinneys Diggins Road, Manzanita Ridge Road.

The public is reminded to use caution as utility services, such as electrical, water and sewer, may not be restored for up to a week.

Evacuations Advisories have been lifted in the following areas:

1) The City of Angels Camp and Altaville
2) All residences and roads west of Hwy 49, including west of Calaveritas Road from Fricot City Road to Mountain Ranch Road
3) All residences and roads north and northwest of SR 26 and Rich Gulch (Community of Glencoe is still under Evacuation Advisory
4) All residences and roads in Amador County

Additional Road Closures

– Mountain Ranch Road at Senders Market – Worden at Ponderosa – Railroad Flat Road at Sheep Ranch – Whiskey Slide Road at East Murray Creek Road – Cave City at the Bridge past the caverns

September 18, 2015 at 10:52 AM

Advisory evacuation orders have been lifted for Angels Camp.

September 18, 2015 at 7:07 AM

Sunny skies will linger over the area through the weekend as weak surface and mid-level ridging remain in place. Abundant sunshine will warm temps well above normal and significantly drop relative humidity values into next week. Weak gradient will result in lighter winds with wind direction being terrain driven.

The weather will continue to increase temperature and decrease humidity. The daytime with have temperatures 78-86 degree and humidity 14-12% and nighttime temperatures 60-68 degrees and humidity of 27-35%. Winds in the slopes and valleys during the day will be northwest to west 3-7 mph and north to northwest 5-8 mph on the ridges. The nighttime winds will be northwest 3-6 mph becoming east 2-4 mph in the valleys and slopes and northwest 4-7 mph becoming northeast 3-4 mph on the ridges.

Fire behavior forecast

The fuels have completely returned to their cured state. The limited humidity recovery at night will make the fuels available for ignition earlier in the day. Islands within the fire will continue to smolder and burn. Many of the islands also contain houses, without fire line around them. There are many areas of standing brush were the understory has burned. In these areas the brush and the trees have started to drop their leaves, creating a new surface layer of fuels. These areas will have the potential to re-burn and climb into the canopy of the brush. This will create a spotting potential. The spotting distance will increase with higher winds and/or column development. The Probability of Ignition will return to 90-100% in the afternoon.

The weather will help to increase the fire activity and areas which were previously smoldering can become active. The northeast side of the fire will continue to see an increase of activity in the canyon. The east side of the fire has many islands that will become active and can have an effect on the houses in the area. Aggressively patrol the islands for smoldering materials and ensure complete extinguishment. The south portion of the fire along Fricot City Road has islands of green brush along the control line. If this fire becomes active there is the possibility of it crossing the line and progressing into the drainage to the south. The west side of the fire has had minimal problems the past several days. Much of the area is in the grass oak woodland and has very little heavy fuels. Continue to work interior into any islands to ensure they do not ignite.

There should be no issues for aircraft during the operational period.

September 17, 2015 at 6:34 PM

CAL FIRE PIO: Just In – The #ButteFire in Amador & Calaveras counties is now 70,760 acres & 55% contained.

September 17, 2015 at 5:56 PM

The Sheriff’s Office has established a temporary dedicated telephone line for missing persons associated with the Butte Fire for the duration of the emergency response period. This number is reserved for missing persons related to the Butte Fire only. To report a missing person, please call (209) 754-6345. This number is not for welfare checks. The Sheriff’s Office requests that any missing person’s reports that are not associated with the Butte Fire be reported to Calaveras Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at (209) 754-6500.

September 17, 2015 at 8:17 AM

Fire behavior remained minimal during the  night within the fire perimeter.   Favorable weather conditions allowed crews  to continue with perimeter  control. Firefighters are  working aggressively to expedite Re-Populating the  affected fire  areas.

Weather Summary: The weather will start to increase in temperature and dropping in humidity levels. The temperatures will be 72- 80 degrees in the daytime and 52-60 degrees overnight. The minimum humidity will be 20-29% during the day and 30-37% overnight. Winds will change from the past several days and will be from north to northwest. The slopes and valleys will be 4-9 mph and the ridges will be 7-14 mph during the day. Overnight the slope and valley winds will be northwest 4-7 mph becoming east 2-4 mph and ridge winds will be northwest 5-9 mph becoming north 4-7 mph.

Fire Behavior Forecast:

The fuels have almost completely returned to the conditions they were before the cool moist weather we had the past several days. This will increase the fire activity especially in the islands of the fire. The smoldering fuels will actively burn as the afternoon temperatures increase and humidity drops. The lack of cloud cover will also increase the curing of the fuels. The wind will influence opposite slopes as it changes directions, having an influence on areas which have been sheltered the past several days. The areas of brush which had the understory burned may have torching as the smoldering material becomes more active. There is a Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory out for this area and areas to the south about the critical fuel conditions.

There may be a weak inversion in the morning clearing early, having limited to no effect on air operations.

The wind will now influence different portions of the slope on the northeast portion of the fire, mainly on the ridges. There are several pockets of unburned fuels throughout the fire and they have the potential to become active. The east and south portions of the fire have unburned brush directly on the line, if this becomes active the spotting potential is high. The leaves of the brush carry well in the wind. If the fire develops a column it will increase the spotting distance from fire brands. The southeast portion of the fire will have the wind in alignment with several slopes, with established fire the fire spread will be rapid with medium to long distance spotting.

September 16, 2015 at 8:20 PM

252 residences 188 outbuildings destroyed, 17 structures damaged.

Fire behavior remained minimal during the day within the fire perimeter. Favorable weather conditions allowed crews to continue with perimeter control. Firefighters are working aggressively to continue Re-Populating affected fire areas. Damage Assessment teams continue to collect information in the affected fire areas as access becomes more available.

September 16, 2015 at 7:07 PM

CAL FIRE: The Calaveras County Coroner has now confirmed there have been a total of two fatalities on the #ButteFire.

September 16, 2015 at 6:03 PM

CAL FIRE PIO: Just In – The #ButteFire in Amador & Calaveras counties is now 71,780 acres and 47% contained. No change in acreage!

September 16, 2015 at 3:09 PM

Effective immediately, CAL FIRE Incident Management Team I has expanded the Butte Fire Information Line to include the Butte Fire Recovery Information Line. The Fire Information and Fire Recovery Lines will serve as a central information center for residents and those affected by the Butte Fire. For any questions regarding the Butte Fire or recovery efforts, please call: (209) 822-3159

September 16, 2015 at 11:56 AM

Mandatory evacuations on #ButteFire downgraded to advisories for all areas outside the burn & areas inside the burn area North of Calaveras River.

September 16, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Josh White, CalFire Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit Chief, gives an update on the Butte Fire to the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors at their September 15th meeting. Discussion also includes the 2013 Rim Fire. Video courtesy Tuolumne County Community Cable Access (Cable 8)


September 16, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Per CHP San Andreas: SR-26 from Mokelumne Hill to SR-88 is now open.

September 16, 2015 at 7:34 AM

Control objectives again today are to keep the fire:

1. North of the Stanislaus River
2. South of Ridge, Sutter Creek Volcano, Pioneer Creek and Mill Creek Roads and the North Fork of the Mokelumne River
3. East of Highway 49
4. West of the Stanislaus National Forest DPA boundry

Weather and fire behavior forecast

Today will be the last day of the cooler weather and slightly increased humidity. The humidity will decrease from the day before, however there is still a slight chance of showers. Temperatures will be 63-70 degrees during the day and 46-53 degrees overnight. The minimum humidity will be 35-45% during the day and 55- 63% overnight. The winds will be south to southwest 6-10 mph with gusts to 13 mph in the valleys/slopes and 15-20 mph with gust to 30 mph on the ridges during the day. Winds overnight will continue to be from the southwest 10-15 mph with gust to 25 on the ridges and slightly less in the valleys and slopes, until midnight.

The fine fuels in the area were able to recover for most of the day on Tuesday, however by late afternoon they began to dry out. The skies will be clear in the morning increasing the drying on the fuels. The heavier fuels have had no recovery with the higher humidity and are available to burn. The potential for spot fires will increase when the fuels are exposed to the sun. Rates of spread and Probability of Ignition will continue to increase as the fuels continue to dry over the next 24-48 hours. This also has the potential for previous spot fires to become active.

The northeast portion of the fire, in the middle and south fork of the Mokelumne River, will once again have a southwest wind. This wind can blow embers across the line or across the canyon. Be aware of any flare ups of brush near the line or trees in the area of the line or on the ridges. The wind will be strong enough to carry embers 1 /3 to 3/4 of a mile. These embers may turn into spot fires as the humidity decreases. The east side of the fire also has the potential for spot fires as the wind will continue to blow across the line. The south and west portions of the fire will have less of a problem from spot fires in general but terrain can create eddies in the wind, directing it back across the line. Any spot fire will have a moderate to rapid rate of spread dependent on the fine dead fuel moisture. Remember the spread of this fire has been determined by the spotting ahead of the fire front.

Air operations will be limited until the smoke lifts out of the area, in the late morning or early afternoon.

September 16, 2015 at 7:15 AM 

Minimal activity overnight.

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