End of updates for September 12, 2015

September 12, 2015 at 8:50 PM

Damage inspection teams deployed today and started 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. As of now, 81 single residences and 51 minor structures have been confirmed destroyed. 2,300 residents are displaced as of 6:00 pm tonight.

No injuries to firefighters reported during the day shift.

Threats exist to residences, critical power infrastructure, watersheds, cultural and heritage resources. Mandatory evacuations will continue in order to address life safety issues. The community of San Andreas, Altaville, Angels Camp, Vallecito and Murphys will be impacted.

September 12, 2015 at 6:29 PM

New evacuations for San Andreas to be announced shortly.

September 12, 2015 at 4:24 PM

Mandatory Evacuations San Andreas Pope, W Murray Creek, Lewis, Miller, San Andreas Elementary, Gold Strike, Mountain Ranch East to Windmill, Wimbledon Dr, Forest Hill, and Turner Ct.

September 12, 2015 at 1:47 PM

The weather station (Railroadflat.org) located at the front of Doe Road in Railroad Flat is now offline. Firefighters were seen trying to save weather station.

September 12, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Amador County Public Health: List of Sites for N-95 Mask Distribution

  • St. Catherine Drexel Parish Center
    11361 Prospect Drive
    Martell, CA
  • Church of Nazarene
    14050 Ridge Rd
    Sutter Creek, CA
  • Cornerstone Church Ione
    116 S Church St
    Ione, CA
  • Amador County Fairgrounds Animal Shelter
    Plymouth, CA
  • Laughton Ranch (across from Raley’s)
    Jackson, CA

September 12, 2015 at 12:07 PM

Air operations will resume shortly, the smoke has lifted enough for the helicopters to start flying. Air Attack and 8 Air Tankers are en route.

September 12, 2015 at 11:06 AM

The fire has bumped into Doe Road, firefighters are attempting to hold it at the road.

September 12, 2015 at 10:22 AM

Smoky conditions preclude air operations on the fire. As soon as the smoke lifts, Air Attack and all aircraft will be back.

September 12, 2015 at 9:09 AM

Amador County Public Health alerts community members that because of smoke from the Butte Fire, air quality is unsafe in many areas. Avoid exposure as much as possible. Those with chronic health conditions, young children, pregnant women and elderly adults should especially be aware and take protective measures.

“Take precautions,” cautions Dr. Rita Kerr, Amador County Public Health Officer. “The main health threat from wildfire smoke comes from fine particles. These particles can get into the eyes and respiratory system causing burning eyes, runny nose, throat irritation and illnesses such as bronchitis. Smoke can also worsen existing health conditions and increase breathing problems.” More here.

September 12, 2015 at 8:33 AM

Damage Assessment teams have arrived and started evaluations of damaged and destroyed structures. Expect the count of destroyed structures to increase as they access more areas of the fire.

September 12, 2015 at 7:27 AM

Control objectives for today: Keep the fire:

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

Weather summary:

Today will be partly cloudy with high temperatures of 89-100 degrees, and minimum relative humidity 8-18 percent. Slope and valley winds will be northwest in the morning becoming west to southwest 4-8 mph in the afternoon. Ridge winds will be southwest 6-10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Tonight will have a low temperature of 65-77 degrees with maximum humidity 24-32 percent. The wind will be light and variable becoming east to northeast 2-4 mph in the valleys and slopes, and 3-7 mph on the ridges.

Probability Of Ignition: 90-100%

Fire behavior forecast:

The fuels in the north and east portions of the fire is a mix of oak woodland with a grass and brush understory and fields of brush with a light grass understory. The fuels to the west and south are dominated by grass with a sparse oak overstory. The fuels are highly stressed and the fuel moisture in the brush is at critical levels, below 60 percent. Single and group tree torching during peak burning conditions will create spots ~ to o/4 of a mile away. The head of the fire is progressing at a rapid rate of spread and will increase when in the open grass areas influenced by the wind. The slopes and ridges influenced by the wind have complete consumption of the fuels. The backing and flanking fire is dominated by surface fire with occasional torching of individual trees. The temperature will lower today with a slight increase in humidity, however this will not have an effect on the fire behavior, due to the fuel conditions.

The north side of the fire will continue to be lower activity as it backs up slope against the wind. The fire in the Mokelumne River will continue to flank at a slow rate of spread to the east. The west side of the fire will lower fire intensity in the grass fuels, it is also very receptive to firebrands. The lighter fuels will be influenced by the wind increasing the rate of spread. The south side of the fire has a mixture of fuels, from heavy 100 and 1000 hour to light 1 and 10 hour. This will increase the potential for spot fire with the torching trees creating fire brand and a very receptive fuel bed. The east side of the fire has several areas will it will transition from Oak and brush to lighter fuels, the transition will increase the rate of spread and the spotting potential. In the areas with light fuels influenced by the wind the fire can progress at 2 mph or more.

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