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Butte, Nevada/Yuba/Placer Unit, Cal Fire. Three miles northwest of Sutter, CA. Brush and tall grass. Active fire behavior. Structures and communication infrastructure threatened.

August 1, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Fire crews worked throughout the day to obtain 80 percent containment of a grass fire in the Sutter Buttes. Four homes have been evacuated. Some residents in the Buttes have been advised to be prepared to evacuate, but the fire does not threaten any of the communities surrounding the world’s smallest mountain range.

The fire is estimated to be approximately 1,200 acres, and is not expected to increase in size.

Crews established containment on the western, eastern and southern flanks, but fire is burning in a northwesterly direction from South Butte toward West Butte.

Firefighters from Yuba City, Pleasant Grove, Meridian, East Nicolaus, Beale Air Force Base, Colusa County, CalFire, and Sacramento responded to the blaze. Sutter County fire crews remain on scene. Two helicopters were deployed this morning to assist with the fire fight.

Sutter County Public Works Road crews have Pass Road blocked at Acacia and West Butte Road. The road will remain closed as long as the fire is active.

Sutter County Office of Emergency Management opened an emergency operations center at the County Administrative building and assisted with resource requests from the Fire Department.

The Sutter County Sheriff’s Department mobile communications trailer was dispatched to assist law enforcement and fire personnel with communications.

Fire crews were warned about rattle snakes and wild hogs, as well as shifting wind patterns in the Buttes.

The fire was reported shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, along Pass Road between Kellogg Road and West Butte Road. It spread up South Butte, causing minor damage to a communications array; westerly toward West Butte Road, and easterly toward Kellogg and Moore roads. Four homes along Pass Road have been evacuated, and residents along West Butte and Kellogg roads have been advised they may have to evacuate.

One person sheltered overnight at Sutter High School. The shelter was closed this morning.

August 1, 2018 at 9:23 AM

Fire has been mapped at 800 acres, containment went up to 60%. CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer is supporting Sutter County Fire with aircraft and ground resources. Fire crews from Yuba City, Meridian, Sutter, Pleasant Grove, Beale Air Force Base, and helicopters from Sacramento Metro Fire are also assigned.

August 1, 2018 at 8:39 AM

Photo Sutter County OES

Per Sutter County OES: Fire fighters made good progress overnight on the fire in the Sutter Buttes. No homes currently threatened.

August 1, 2018 at 7:42 AM

Reduction in acreage due to better mapping.

Threat to major telecommunications tower and 230kV and 500kV powerlines.

July 31, 2018 at 10:54 PM

Per Sutter County OES: currently no threat to surrounding communities including Sutter, Meridian, and Live Oak.

July 31, 2018 at 9:10 PM

CAL FIRE photo

Fire behavior has moderated somewhat. All Aircraft is off the incident for the night after laying down retardant for structure protection and communication towers.

Just west of Kellog Road on Pass Road is under mandatory evacuation. Kellog at MOORE is advisory evacuation. All evacuees at Sutter High School.

Threat to structures and communication towers.