Last modified on Oct 15, 2015

Butte Fire

Butte Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: October 15, 2015 7:45 pm   FINAL
Date/Time Started: September 9, 2015 2:26 pm  
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Amador - El Dorado Unit 
County: Amador & Calaveras Counties  
Location: east of Jackson  
Acres Burned - Containment: 70,868 acres - 100% contained  
Estimated - Containment: 10/1/2015  
Structures Destroyed:475 residences, 343 outbuildings, 45 structures damaged  
Evacuations: All evacuation orders, advisories and road closures have been lifted.

Evacuation Centers:

  • Jenny Lind Veterans Hall, 189 Pine Street, Valley Springs, CA
  • Red Cross: 925-588-6678

    Large Animal Pet Shelters: (Calaveras) Calaveras County Fairgrounds (Amador) Amador County Fairgrounds, contact Kelly Reason at 530-503-5233.  

Road Closures :None  
Injuries: 2 civilian fatalities, 1 injury  
Cause: Under Investigation 
Cooperating Agencies: Amador County Sheriff, Calaveras County Sheriff, CAL OES, BLM, PG&E, CHP, Amador Fire Protection District, Calaveras PUD, CDCR, Sutter Creek Fire Department, CALTRANS, State Parks, California Conservation Corp.  
Total Fire Personnel: 298  
Total Fire Engines: 15  
Total Fire crews: 11  
Total Dozers: 6  
Total Water Tenders: 2  
Long/Lat: -120.70418, 38.32974  
Conditions: 10/15 - CAL FIRE continues to work with local, state, and federal agencies to address environmental concerns in the burned areas. See the State's Post Fire Watershed Emergency Response Report.

The Butte Fire Information / Recovery line has been changed to 209-754-5527. CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 transitioned command to the Amador-El Dorado and the Tuolumne-Calaveras Units. Crews are continuing mop-up operations.

A Community Meeting will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the Railroad Flat Elementary School, 298 Railroad Flat Road, Railroad Flat, CA 95248

***The public is reminded that there are still emergency vehicles and personnel working in the area. Please use caution and remain alert to any changes in fire conditions***

Public Advisement: Butte Fire Missing Persons Hotline

The Sheriff’s Office has established a temporary dedicated telephone line for missing persons associated with the Butte Fire for the duration of the emergency response period. This number is reserved for missing persons related to the Butte Fire only. To report a missing person, please call (209) 754-6345. This number is not for welfare checks. The Sheriff’s Office requests that any missing person’s reports that are not associated with the Butte Fire be reported to Calaveras Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at (209) 754-6500.
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Phone Numbers  (209) 822-3159 (Butte Fire Information & Community Recovery Line) 

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