End of updates for September 15, 2015

September 15, 2015 at 8:30 PM

Fire behavior remained minimal throughout the day helping crews continue to progress with perimeter control. The evacuations in Amador County have been reduced to an advisory, allowing residents to return to their homes. ***Damage Assessment teams continue to collect information in the affected fire areas as access becomes more available***

September 15, 2015 at 6:09 PM

CAL FIRE PIO: Just In – The #ButteFire in Amador & Calaveras counties is now 71,780 acres & 40% contained.

September 15, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Calaveras County: Butte Fire

We know people are anxious to get home and know the status of their homes and property. Emergency personnel understand the devastation and uncertainty people are experiencing as a result of the fire, but public safety is our main concern. We want to provide as much current and updated information as possible, so a website specific to the Butte Fire has been created to provide consistent information to all affected. It can be accessed at http://butte.calaverasgov.us. This website includes press releases from CAL FIRE and the various County departments and also provides information regarding resources available to the community.

Repopulation is occurring in San Andreas and throughout Calaveras County. Evacuation orders in certain areas have been lifted for RESIDENTS ONLY; however these areas continue to remain under an evacuation advisory. As residents return to their homes, please remember that an active fire is still on-going, use caution as emergency vehicles and personnel are still in the area and be alert to any changes in fire conditions. CAL FIRE releases information regarding repopulation in the form of news releases as soon as an area is able to be repopulated. The repopulation news releases are available at www.fire.ca.gov.

CAL FIRE also releases incident update sheets twice daily. The incident update sheets include information such as acres burned, containment percentages, resources fighting the fire, structure information, evacuations, etc. These incident update sheets can be found at www.fire.ca.gov.

PG&E has been working diligently to restore power to surrounding areas affected by the Butte Fire. Yesterday, PG&E was able to restore power to 1,200 customers in Calaveras County. 4,500 customers remain without power and PG&E is hoping to make progress in restoring them today if CAL FIRE deems those areas safe. As people begin to re-occupy their homes, they should be aware of safety concerns while using their backup power generators. You are responsible for making sure that the electricity from your generator cannot “backfeed”, or flow into the PG&E power lines. For safety’s sake, be sure to use your generator correctly. If you do not, you risk damaging your property and endangering the lives of PG&E line workers who may be working on power lines some distance from your home. For additional information about generator safety, please visit http://pge.com/generator.

CCWD has set up three emergency fill stations for County residents who have lost access to their water source. Potable water will be provided free of charge on a temporary basis at the following locations:

– West Point Fire Station, 195 Spink Road, West Point
– Ebbetts Pass Fire Station, 1037 Blagen Road, Arnold
– Jenny Lind Water Treatment Plant, 3561 Silver Rapids Road, Valley Springs

The American Red Cross, in the first 5 days of this incident, has provided shelter for more than 1,000 evacuees, and provided more than 4,500 meals with the help from over 75 volunteers. The American Red Cross will continue to meet the needs of the evacuees as long as they are needed. For more information about how your local Red Cross is helping, please call 916-588-6678.

DONATIONS: Have you or are you thinking about making a donation? If so, please use the below contact information:

Red Cross-Gold County Region
Designate your donation to: California Wildfires
Send check to:
1565 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815
OR Call: 916-993-7080

Salvation Army Donations to the Calaveras Service Unit:
Tax ID # 94-1170408
Send check to:
Calaveras Health & Human Services
509 E St Charles St., San Andreas, CA 95249
OR Call: Kathy Houle 209-754-6851

Resource Connection/Food Bank:
Tax ID # 94-2705790
Send check to:
PO Box 919, San Andreas, CA 95249
OR Call: 209-754-1257

September 15, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Wildfire Food Safety Measures: Before and After Power Outage. Amador County Environmental Health and Amador County Public Health caution community members to follow food safety measures during and following a wildfire. The Butte Fire has also caused prolonged power outages that can lead to spoilage of refrigerated foods.

September 15, 2015 at 1:07 PM

Just In – All evacuations and road closures in Amador County from the #ButteFire have now been lifted and reopened

September 15, 2015 at 6:49 AM

Today’s control objectives are to keep the fire:

North of the Stanislaus River
South of Ridge, Sutter Creek Volcano, Pioneer Creek and Mill Creek Roads and the Mokelumne River
East of Hwy 49
West of the Stanislaus National Forest DPA boundry

Weather forecast:

Strong south to southwest winds will continue today with gusts around 30 mph in exposed locations. Isolated showers are possible across the area today but little measurable rainfall is expected. A cold front will approach from the northwest on Wednesday, increasing southwest winds ahead of the front. High pressure will return for the end of the week with temperatures creeping back into the 90s by the weekend.

Fire behavior forecast:

The northeast portion in the Mokelumne River drainage will be active with a strong southwest wind increasing spread to the east. The drainage splits into two main branches with a dominant ridge in-between. The fire has progressed to the east on the south side of the south fork of the Mokelumne River. There is a high potential for spot fires on the ridge dividing the south fork and the middle fork of the Mokelumne River, with spread into the drainage of the north fork of the Mokelumne River. The east side of the fire has transition areas from trees and brush into grass fields. Spotting into these fields is a strong possibility with the increasing wind. These spots will have a moderate to rapid rate of spread and will transition again into brush and timber. The south portion of the fire is in the grass oak woodland, which has the high potential for spot fires, however the wind should be more favorable for control efforts. There is still potential for a spot to cross the line with the increasing wind and get into the San Antonio Creek drainage. The east side of the fire is also in the grass oak woodland and will have favorable winds during and changing directions across the line in the overnight hours. Spotting potential will be reduced in the overnight hours but is still a strong possibility. Air operations will be limited until the smoke lifts out of the area.

September 15, 2015 at 6:36 AM

CAL FIRE PIO: Just In – The Butte Fire in Amador & Calaveras counties is now 71,660 acres & 37% contained.

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