End of updates for September 9, 2015

September 9, 2015 at 10:38 PM

El Dorado County Fire Strike Team 4076-C assigned to the Butte Fire.

September 9, 2015 at 10:29 PM

Butte Fire Evacuation Shelter update from the Red Cross. The ONLY shelter open is now at the San Andreas Town Hall on 24 ChurchHill Rd in San Andreas.

Photo Shannon Prieto

Photo Shannon Prieto

September 9, 2015 at 10:17 PM

Per CHP: Spot fires along Hwy 26 near Ponderosa Way/Robinson Ranch.

September 9, 2015 at 10:07 PM

Red Cross has two other shelters available. Mokeulmne Hill Elementary school and San Andreas Community Center.

September 9, 2015 at 9:51 PM

Amador County Public Health: Air Quality Alert: Wildfire Smoke Warning

Amador County Public Health advises community members that because of smoke from the Butte Fire air quality may be unsafe. Those with chronic health conditions, young children, pregnant women and elderly adults should especially be aware and take protective measures.

If you smell or see smoke, take these steps to protect your health:

– Minimize outdoor activities.
– Stay indoors with the windows and doors closed.
– Do not run fans that bring smoky air inside (such as swamp coolers or fresh air ventilation systems).
– If you have a wall unit air conditioner, set it to “re-circulate.”
– Do not smoke, fry food or perform other activities that that will create indoor air pollution.
– If you have chronic health conditions, monitor your health closely. Contact your health provider if your symptoms worsen, including repeated coughing and wheezing.
– If you are experiencing a health emergency, call 911.

For additional information on wildfire smoke, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/features/wildfires/.

September 9, 2015 at 9:20 PM

Cosumnes Fire sending two engines as part of regional Sac County Strike Team to the Butte Fire in Amador County.

September 9, 2015 at 8:41 PM

Per CAL FIRE, the fire is now 1,200 acres and 30% contained.

Butte fire at 7:30 pm Photo Shannon Prieto

Butte fire at 7:30 pm Photo Shannon Prieto

September 9, 2015 at 8:06 PM

Italian Picnic Grounds are being set up as an evacuation center.

PG&E reporting close to 15,000 customers without power in Amador and Calaveras Counties along Hwy 88 and Hwy 26 due to the fire. PG&E is unable to access the affected equipment at this time.

September 9, 2015 at 8:01 PM

Air Attack estimates the fire at 1,100 acres.

September 9, 2015 at 7:57 PM

1,000 acres burning in oak woodland and brush, 0% contained. Type 3 IMT has been activated.

September 9, 2015 at 7:34 PM

Super Scoopers working the fire, very close to cut-off time for all aircraft now. Crews will be working throughout the night to buid containment lines. Strike teams from practically all Northern California units are en route to the incident.


Butte fire at 6:00 pm Photo Shannon Prieto

September 9, 2015 at 7:10 PM

Short and mid-range spotting is occurring, additional resources are on their way to the Calaveras side of the fire.

September 9, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Air Attack estimates the fire now at 500-800 acres. CHP implementing a hard closure on Hwy 26 from Happy Valley to Lower Dorray Rd.

September 9, 2015 at 6:42 PM

Mandatory evacuations on Montgomery Rd. The fire has now spotted over the Mokelumne river into Calaveras County. Additional resources, including a Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) requested.

Immediate structure threat at Hwy 26 and Montgomery.

The Butte Fire around 5 pm on Sept. 9th. Photo Shannon Prieto

The Butte Fire around 5 pm on Sept. 9th. Photo Shannon Prieto

Butte fire at 6:30 pm Photo Shannon Prieto

Butte fire at 6:30 pm Photo Shannon Prieto

September 9, 2015 at 6:39 PM

Per Cal Fire: Fire is burning in the Mokelumne River drainage. Fire crews are battling very steep terrain and hot temperatures. Fire is burning to the east. Fire has jumped across the river into Calaveras County .

The fire has been extremely active in the past 45 minutes. The column is now ice-capping as evidenced in the 6:30 photo.

Evacuations at Amador Lane, the end of Electra and Charamuga Ranch Road. The fire is burning in brush and grass at a moderate spread rate.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Two ‘Super Scooper’ planes responding to the Butte Fire from Lake Tahoe, including Scooper 260, assigned to the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Many thanks to the Fire Information services for their updates.