End of updates for September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015 at 11:36 PM 

Fire behavior remained extreme throughout the day with rapid, uncontrolled fire growth to the south and east. Unfavorable weather coupled with fuel moistures at critical levels have resulted in explosive fire conditions. Mandatory evacuations continue to expand as the fire continues to grow. Residents are urged to stay vigilant due to current and expected fire conditions.

Driving through the fire. Photo Peardale Chicago Park Fire

Driving through the fire. Photo Peardale Chicago Park Fire

September 11, 2015 at 8:10 PM

Structures were damaged or destroyed, however due to significant fire behavior access to conduct a thorough damage assessment in many areas is limited. Reporting accuracy will improve when areas become safer to work in.

2,100 people have been displaced.

Mandatory evacuations are in place and expanded through the day as the fire perimeter grew to the south and east. Evacuation warnings have been issued for additional threatened areas. More evacuations are anticipated throughout the next operational period as fire behavior continues to impact additional areas. Threats exist to residences, critical power infrastructure, watersheds, cultural and heritage resources. Mandatory evacuations will continue in order to address life safety issues. The communities of San Andreas, Altavilla and Angels Camp will be impacted.

No injuries to firefighters have been reported.

September 11, 2015 at 7:36 PM

All aircraft are off the fire, they are anticipated to return tomorrow morning at 8:00 am.

On Division Golf and Juliet, aircraft got a lot of line laid out from the river. The retardant is holding really well and the fire has laid down significantly. On the western side, smoke prevented any aircraft activity.

September 11, 2015 at 6:36 PM

The fire is estimated at 64,728 acres & 5% contained. Over 2,400 firefighters battling the blaze.

September 11, 2015 at 5:19 PM

The community of San Andreas is no longer under an evacuation order but residents are asked to be prepared.

Residents in the Westpoint and Railroad Flats area should exit the area Northeast towards SR 26 to Pine Grove. Emergency officials are asking that all residents adhere to these exit routes for public and emergency personnel safety.

September 11, 2015 at 5:10 PM

Columbia Airport is starting to get smoked out. Grass Valley Air Attack Base is the chosen alternative.

September 11, 2015 at 4:17 PM

The fire is actively burning at McKinney Diggings & Sheep Ranch Road.

September 11, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office: Mandatory Evacuations

To the North and South of San Andreas
East of Gold Strike (toward Mokelumne Hill)

East of the City of Angels /Highway 49
North of Highway 4

September 11, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Amador and Calaveras counties due to the effects of the Butte Fire, which has burned thousands of acres of land and caused the evacuation of residents and damage to highways and other infrastructure. Today’s proclamation also incorporates provisions from an executive order issued last month to expedite the debris removal process and waive fees to replace documents such as birth certificates for those affected by the fires.

September 11, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office: Vallecito School District kids have been taken to the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. Children will be taken to Calaveras Fairgrounds for safety.

September 11, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Residents in the Westpoint and Railroad Flats area should exit the area Northeast towards SR 26 to Pine Grove. Emergency officials are asking that all residents adhere to these exit routes for public and emergency personnel safety.

September 11, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Murphy’s is now a priority for firefighters. Fixed wings cannot get into the area due to smoke, additional helicopters are being assigned to that area.

San Andreas on Sept. 11 in the afternoon. Photo courtesy Steven Crowley

San Andreas on Sept. 11 in the afternoon. Photo courtesy Steven Crowley

September 11, 2015 at 2:22 PM

Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office: Mandatory evacuation for San Andreas. Leave the area immediately.

September 11, 2015 at 2:18 PM

Mandatory evacuation orders are in place in the City limits of Angels Camp for the following areas:

All areas on the east side of Main Street in the City limits of Angels Camp.

  • To include:
  • Murphys Grade Road
  • Gardner Lane
  • Holly Street
  • Casey Street
  • Easy, Street
  • Kirby Street
  • Avey Place
  • Broglio Court
  • Country Lane
  • Elderberry Lane
  • Dogtown Road
  • Clifton Road
  • Brunner Hill

September 11, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Fire has consumed over 50,000 acres in the past 48 hours. Incident Commander urging residents to head evacuations.

September 11, 2015 at 2:08 PM

Firefighters were just advised of a resident refusing to leave on Mierkey Road north of Clinton. Resident claims to have 400-500 lbs of explosives and may be hostile to firefighters.

September 11, 2015 at 1:28 PM

Advisory evacuation orders are in place in the City limits of Angels Camp for the following areas:

  • Murphys Grade Road
  • Gardner Lane
  • Holly Street
  • Casey Street
  • Easy, Street
  • Kirby Street
  • Country Lane
  • Elderberry Lane
  • Dogtown Road
  • Clifton Road
  • Brunner Hill

All areas on the east side of Main Street between Murphys Grade Road and Brunner Hill in the City limits of Angels Camp.

September 11, 2015 at 1:15 PM

CHP San Andreas road closure list:

Mountain Ranch Rd, Sheep Ranch Rd, entire town of Mountain Ranch, SR-26 Moke Hill to Ridge Rd., Ridge Rd.

September 11, 2015 at 1:08 PM

Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office: Mandatory evacuation east of Hwy 49 up Hwy 4 to Avery and north to Mokelumne Hill.

September 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Calaveras County Sheriff: Mandatory evacuations everything east of Hwy 49 up to Flying Acres (above Avery)

MANDATORY anything east of Hwy 49 to Dogtown Road
Anything east of Gardner
Anything north of Murphys Grade
All the way up hwy 4 past AVERY to Flying Acres (just above Avery)

September 11, 2015 at 12:21 PM

Advisory evacuations now in effect for the Arnold area. Be prepared for evacuations. This is advisory only.

September 11, 2015 at 12:17 PM

Butte Air Attack (AA 230 out of Grass Valley) requested the two Super Scoopers from Camino Air Base. Air operations may be limited this afternoon as the fire increases activity. The
smoke column may limit air operations at the head of the fire, per the fire behavior forecast.

September 11, 2015 at 11:22 AM

Calaveras County Sheriff: Mandatory Evacuations for Oak Park Estates North to Mountain Ranch Road. Evacuate the area immediately

September 11, 2015 at 11:14 AM

Red Cross update: The San Andreas shelter is merging with the Calaveras County Fairgrounds shelter.

September 11, 2015 at 10:54 AM

Fire behavior forecast:

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 southern portion of the fire, south of Highway 26 will continue to spread to the south at a rapid rate of spread with the north wind. Flame lengths in these areas will be 30 to 100 feet depending on the vegetation. Medium range spotting can be expected from torching trees and short dependent crown runs. In the evening the wind in the valleys and slopes will become variable with the approaching front. This will direct the fire up and downs canyon, contributing to fire spread to the east and west.

From Jackson, looking E/SE on Sept. 10. Photo Matthew Rhodes

From Jackson, looking E/SE on Sept. 10. Photo Matthew Rhodes

September 11, 2015 at 10:51 AM

Control objectives for today. Keep the fire:
North of Murray Dale and Mountain Ranch Roads
South of Hwy 88
East of Hwy 49
West of Railrod Flat Rd and the Community of Lynn Park Acres

September 11, 2015 at 9:15 AM

Fire behavior remained extreme throughout the night with rapid, uncontrolled fire growth to the south and west. Suppression efforts had minimal impacts due to a high focus on structure defense. Hot and dry weather, steep topography, and fuel moistures at critical levels have resulted in extreme fire spread. Mandatory evacuations are in place and expanded throughout the night as the fire perimeter grew. Evacuation warnings have been issued for additional threatened areas. More evacuations are anticipated as the fire behavior continues to impact additional areas.

Evacuations:

(Amador County) Canyon View, Fig Tree Lane, and Ponderosa Way; The Town of Pine Grove to include all areas South of Hwy 88 at Ranch Road and East of West Clinton and Easy Bird Road, Sierra Lane, Thadeus Court, Center Street; SR 26 from Hwy 49 to Railroad Flat to include all sides of the street; Jesus Maria from Hwy 26 to Railroad Flat to include all side streets North of Jesus Maria and South to Doster Rd/West Murray Creek Road and East of Hawver Road.

(Calaveras County) Communities of Glencoe and Wilseyville; Lower Dorray Road; Jesus Maria from Hwy 26 to Railroad Flat to include all side streets North of Jesus Maria and South to Doster Road/West Murray Creek Road and East of Hawver Road; Ridge Road North to SR 26, Associated Office Road, Woodhouse Mine with Railroad Flat as Eastern Boundary; Hawver Road at Gold Strike East to Doster Road; Whiskey Slide Road North of Mountain Ranch Road to Jesus Maria/Whiskey Slide East to Railroad Flat Road.

Evacuation Warnings: (Calaveras County) Town of Mountain Ranch South of Mountain Ranch Road and Alpine areas of Mountain Ranch; Sierra Vista Lookout Road, West Murray Creek Road to Doster Road, Murray Dale Lane (entire road); Leonard Road Subdivision.

Evacuation Centers: Jackson Rancheria Hotel, San Andreas Town Hall, Calaveras County Fairgrounds

Large Animal pet shelters
(Calaveras) Calaveras County Fairgrounds
(Amador) Amador County Fairgrounds, contact Kelly Reason at 530-503-5233

Road Closures:

(Amador County) Clinton Road at Butte Mountain Road (Both Ends) Butte Mountain Road Cutoff at Clinton Road. Amador Lane at Clinton Road, Electra at SR 49, Ponderosa Road at Tabeaud, Access to Lake Tabeaud is closed; Hwy 88 at W. Clinton Road, Hwy 88 at Irish Town Road, Hwy 88 at Tabeaud Road, Hwy 88 at Aqueduct Circle, Highway 88 at Mount Zion.

(Calaveras County) SR 26 from Mokelumne Hill to Ridge Road; Ridge Road closed to Railroad Flat Road; Railroad Flat Road closed to Mountain Ranch Road; Mountain Ranch Road closed to Hwy 49; Michel Road is closed.

Cooperating Agencies: Cal OES, USFS, BLM, PG&E, CHP, Calaveras County Sheriff, Amador County Sheriff, Calaveras PUD, CDCR, Sutter Creek Fire Department, Red Cross, CAL-TRANS, CA State Parks, Amador Fire Protection District.

September 11, 2015 at 9:14 AM

Fire engine driving through the Butte Fire on Sept. 10, 2015. This is what firefighters are facing to even get to their assignments.

September 11, 2015 at 8:18 AM

Mandatory evacuations are in place and expanded through the night as the fire perimeter grew to the South. Evacuation warnings have been issued for additional threatened areas. More evacuations are anticipated throughout the next operational period as fire behavior continues to impact additional areas.

Over 6,000 homes threatened, 1,400 people evacuated as of this morning.

September 11, 2015 at 7:29 AM

Additional Mandatory Evacuations are as follows:

(Calaveras County) Jesus Maria from Hwy SR 26 to Railroad Flat to include all side streets North of Jesus Maria and South to Doster Road / West Murray Creek Road and East of Hawver Road; Ridge Rd North to SR 26, Associated Office, Woodhouse Mine with Railroad Flat as Eastern Boundary; Hawver Road at Gold Strike East to Doster Rd.; Whiskey Slide Rd North of Mountain Ranch Rd to Jesus Maria / Whiskey Slide East to Railroad Flat Rd.

Additional Evacuation Warnings are as follows:

(Calaveras County) Town of Mountain Ranch South of Mountain Ranch Rd and Alpine Areas of Mountain Ranch; Sierra Vista Lookout Rd., West Murray Creek Rd. to Doster Rd., Murray Dale Lane (Entire Road); Leonard Rd Subdivision

Additional Road Closures are as follows:

(Calaveras County) Railroad Flat at Sheep Ranch Rd.; Mountain Ranch at Whiskey Slide; Independence and Railroad Flat.

September 11, 2015 at 6:42 AM

The Butte Fire in Amador & Calaveras county grew actively last night to 31,974 acres & 10% contained.