End of updates for September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015 at 6:38 PM

Damage inspection team deployed again today and continued the process of collecting information on damaged and destroyed structures. DINS reports there will be additional destroyed and damaged structures confirmed as they continue their survey. 166 homes destroyed, 5 damaged 116 outbuildings destroyed.

September 14, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office: Mandatory Evacuation on Woodhouse Mine, Stanley Rd, and Rabbit Foot in West Point. The fire is in the area!
Instructions: Leave the area immediately

September 14, 2015 at 1:54 PM

Mandatory Evacuations Upper Dorray all the way to West Point still in effect.

September 14, 2015 at 11:13 AM

As an owner of a private domestic water well that may be damaged by a wildfire, you may have some concerns about fire related impacts to your well and water system. The Amador County Environmental Health Department recommends the well owner perform a visual inspection of their well and water system, including the piping and plumbing that provide water to and throughout your home. More information: Wildfire and Private Water Wells.

September 14, 2015 at 8:01 AM

Fire behavior forecast:

The decrease in temperature and increase in humidity today will do little to moderate the fire activity. The grass and light fuels will be affected slightly, decreasing their receptiveness to fire brands. The lag time for larger fuels is longer than the effect of the increased humidity and will still readily burn. Due to the drought the brush and trees are at critical fuel moisture levels and will produce large number of fire brands when actively burning. This high number of fire brands will increase the potential for spotting in the lighter fuels, even with higher humidity levels. The fuels and winds have been the main carrier of fire and with the increase in wind the fire has potential to grow to the northeast. Watch for trees near the fires edge for torching and casting embers across the line. Spotting from the brush will be over X mile and from trees up to 1 mile.

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. If fire becomes established in both sides of the canyon there will be two separate head fires. 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 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.

The cooler weather will not have a dramatic change in the fire behavior due to the lag time in the heavier fuels. Continue to monitor your surroundings for spot fires. Continually monitor the unburned areas for spot fires.

September 14, 2015 at 7:25 AM

Today’s control objectives are to keep the fire:

North of the Stanislaus River
South of Hwy 88
East of Hwy 49
West of the Stanislaus National Forest DPA boundry

September 14, 2015 at 6:31 AM

CAL FIRE PIO: Just In – The Butte Fire in Amador & Calaveras counties is now 71,063 acres & 30% contained. Good progress made overnight.

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