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End of updates for September 10, 2015

September 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

American Red Cross Responds to the Needs of Butte Fire Evacuees. Safe and Well Website Activated To Bring Peace of Mind. The American Red Cross has opened three emergency shelters in Amador and Calaveras counties to assist those affected by the explosive Butte Fire. Currently, more than 200 people have registered at just one of the shelters and dozens of Red Cross staff and volunteers are providing warm meals, a safe place to sleep and emotional support for those with immediate, disaster-caused needs.

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September 10, 2015 at 10:07 PM

Fire behavior remained extreme throughout the day with rapid, uncontrolled fire growth. Suppression efforts had minimal impacts due to a high focus on structure defense. Mandatory evacuations are in place and expanded throughout the day 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. Continued hot and dry weather conditions will also limit nighttime recovery.


(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 East 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 sides of the streets North of Jesus Maria and South to Doster Rd and Evacuation Warnings for Calaveras County: Mokelumne Hill (with exception of Easy Bird Road, Sierra Lane, Thadeus Court, Center Street which are under mandatory evacuation order)

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 and Hwy 49 at Mokelumne Hill East to Ridge Road, SR 26 and Ponderosa Road, SR 26 and Jesus Maria; SR 26 at Hwy 49, SR 26 at Lower Dorray Road.

2015_09_10_2747September 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Fuel Model: Chaparral (6 feet) Cured annual grasses and oak litter understory with a 100% probability of ignition coupled with distressed live oak trees and brush understory lead to rapid rates of spread.

Threats exist to residences, critical power infrastructure, watersheds, cultural and heritage resources. Mandatory evacuations will continue in order to address life safety issues.

September 10, 2015 at 6:44 PM

Suppression efforts had minimal impacts on perimeter control due to a high focus on structure defense. Significant fire behavior is limiting access to conduct a thorough damage assessment in many areas.

September 10, 2015 at 6:31 PM

Per CAL FIRE: Just In – The #ButteFire in Amador & Calaveras counties has grown to 14,700 acres & is 10% contained.

September 10, 2015 at 2:34 PM

Mandatory Evacuations:

South of Highway 88 to the Amador and Calaveras County Lines.

Starting at W. Clinton Road, Ponderosa Way, and E. Clinton Road to Ranch Road and Highway 88.

September 10, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Lower Dorray of Hwy 26 will be placed under evacuation order. Advisory only from Lower Dorray to Ridge Road, mandatory for the rest of Lower Dorrey to 49. Also, a hard road closure from Lower Dorray to Hwy 49.

September 10, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Air Attack is requesting three additional Super Scoopers. Meanwhile, firefighters on the ground are providing structure protection for the homes in the evacuated areas and ahead of the fire.

September 10, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Per CHP: Hard closure now of Hey 26/Lower Dorray.

September 10, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Five additional water tenders ordered to Branch 3, the southern end of the fire.

September 10, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Hold Ponderosa and hold Hwy 26 (the north and south ends of the fire) are the priorities for the Butte Fire right now.

September 10, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Mandatory evacuations to be issued from Volcano/Pioneer Road to Pinegrove/Volcano. Everything south of that area needs to be evacuated. The subdivision of Pine Acres will be evacuated.

September 10, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Cooling stations set up at the Jackson Library, GSA Building on Airport Rd. & County Administration Center in the BoS Chambers.

Activity is increasing on the eastern portion of the fire. The line construction on Ponderosa Road won’t be completed before the fire reaches the line. Firefighters are scouting for a new eastern line.

September 10, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Type 1 Incident Management Team has taken command of the fire, effective immediately.

September 10, 2015 at 10:51 AM

CAL FIRE IMT1 Team 1 (Gouvea) has been activated for the incident.

butte12noonSeptember 10, 2015 at 10:40 AM

CAL FIRE reports 6 structures and 2 outbuildings destroyed. Damage assessment will be conducted once it is safe for the firefighters to enter the area.

Fire is expanding in all directions. Steep river drainages, high heat, low humidity, and volatile dry grassy oak woodland promote dangerous fire behavior and challenging terrain for firefighters.

Amador-El Dorado CAL FIRE is being assisted by the Sacramento Regional Type III Incident Management Team. A CAL FIRE incident management team has been ordered.

Evacuations Warnings:

(Calaveras) Mokelumne Hill

(Amador) Clinton Bar Subdivision and surrounding area (East of Ponderosa Way, South of Tabeau Rd, and West of Roaring Camp Rd.

Evacuation Order: (Calaveras) Boston Yale Subdivision from East SR26 to Ponderosa Way, Easy Bird Rd, Sierra Ln, Thadeous Ct, Center St.

Evacuation Order: (Amador) Canyon View Rd, Fig Tree Ln, and Ponderosa Way.

Evacuation Centers:

(Amador) Jackson Rancheria Hotel in conjunction with Red Cross

(Calaveras) San Andreas Town Hall and Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp

Large Animal/Pet Shelters
(Calaveras) Calaveras County Fairgrounds, contact TBD
(Amador County) Amador County Fairgrounds, contact Kelly Reason 530-647-1479

Road Closures:

(Calaveras) SR25 and Hwy 49 at Mokelumne Hill East to Ridge Rd. SR26 and Robinson Ranch. SR26 and Jesus Maria.

(Amador) Clinton Rd at Butte Mountain Rd (Both Ends) Butte Mountain Rd Cutoff at Clinton Rd. Amador Ln at Clinton Rd, SR49 at Electra, Ponderosa Rd at Tabeau, Access to Lake Tabeau is Closed.

CAL FIRE is assisted by Jackson City, Sutter Creek, Amador Fire Protection District, Diamond Springs, USFS, CHP, Calaveras County Sheriff, BLM, PG&E, Calaveras PUD, OES, CDCR, Sutter Creek Fire Department, Sacramento Metro Fire, Sacramento City Fire, Folsom Fire, El Dorado County Fire, Cosumnes Fire.

Resources assigned:

Engine: 57
Water Tenders: 8
Fire Crews: 15
Helicopters: 3
Bulldozers: 10
Air Tankers: 6

September 10, 2015 at 9:42 AM

From the morning briefing: Fire activity continued to be extreme throughout the night and rapid uncontrolled growth occurred. Additional structures and critical infrastructure became threatened due to the activity. Suppression efforts had minimal impacts at limiting the fire spread.

TFR issued by FAA

TFR issued by FAA

September 10, 2015 at 9:38 AM

The FAA has issued the following Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the Butte Fire. This applies to all aircraft, including drones.

Airspace Jackson,CA..Temporary flight restrictions within an area defined as 5 nm radius of 382033N1204145W (LINDEN VORTAC LIN025021.7) SFC-8000FT . To provide a safe environment for fire fighting. Pursuant to 14 CFR Section 91.137(A)(2) Temporary flight restrictions are in effect.

September 10, 2015 at 9:10 AM

Calaveras Unified Schoold District:

West Point Elementary, RailRoad Flat Elementary and Mokelumne Hill Elementary are closed because of a power outage.

Routes 17 and 16 are not running at all. Route 14 will be picked up from Swiss Ranch at 7:10am down towards Mountain Ranch

Route 18 will pick up High School and Middle School students only. It will pick up students at Sierra Trading Post instead of Mokelumne Hill Elementary School.

September 10, 2015 at 8:49 AM

As of 5:20 am, per CHP, town of Mokelumne Hill being evacuated – Command post moved to Amador County Fairgrounds.

Butte Fire on Sept. 10 at 8:00 am Photo Shannon Prieto

Butte Fire on Sept. 10 at 8:00 am Photo Shannon Prieto

September 10, 2015 at 8:25 AM

Amador County Animal Control has shelter set up for evacuations of animals at the fairgrounds in Plymouth.

September 10, 2015 at 7:29 AM

Mandatory evacuations are in progress and continued to expand overnight as the fire grew. 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 population. The fire has spread throughout a large area of differing fuel models, with significant runs experienced throughout the night hours.

September 10, 2015 at 7:07 AM

New evacuation in Amador County: Canyon View, Fig Tree Lane, and Ponderosa Way.

September 10, 2015 at 6:58 AM

Nevada County Strike Team 4102C enroute to the Butte Fire, made up of NCC Brush 89 along with engines from Ophir Hill, Higgins, Peardale and Rough & Ready.

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