Sep 11, 2015 5:27 PM by News Staff, Photo: Andres Olvera
UPDATE: The Butte Fire continues to grow Saturday with 64,728 acres burned and CALFIRE reporting approximately 10 percent containment.
The fire has already destroyed 15 structures and has threatened an alarming 6,400 more.
CALFIRE has issued mandatory evacuations for the following locations:
Amador County: Canyon View, Fig Tree Lane, and Ponderosa Way; the Town of Pine Grove to include all areas South of Hwy 88 from West Clinton Road, East to Ranch Drive. Inclusive of the Communities of Ranch House Estates, Pine Acres, Jackson Pines, Pine Drove Ranchettes and Lake Tabeau.
Calaveras County: Town of Mokelumne Hill, East of Hwy 49 from the Amador/Calaveras County line South to Goldstrike Road. South on Goldstrike Road to the Community of San Andreas. Rural areas East of San Andreas to Mountain Ranch Road. Mountain Ranch Road to Calaveritas Road to Fourth Crossing. Fourth Crossing to Hwy 49. East side of Hwy 49 South to North side of Hwy 4.
Angels Camp: North side of Hwy 4 East to Town of Arnold. All of SR 26 from Mokelumne Hill North to the Amador/Calaveras County line. To include the communities of Glencoe, Westpoint, and Wilseyville.
CALFIRE is advising evactuations in the following locations:
Amador County: Hwy 88 from Ranch Road East to Tiger Creek Road (Red Corral and Buckhorn Areas).
Calaveras County: City of Angels Camp, Hwy 49 South to Hwy 4 South at the city limits of Angels Camp. Town of Arnold, Northwest of Hwy 4 includes sub-divisions of Lakemont, Mill Woods and Meadowmont. Hwy 4 North to Sheep Ranch Road/Blue Lake Springs sub-division, Big Trees State Park, Town of Dorrington, Town of Murphys and Forest Meadows. Town of San Andreas. Poole Station Road, Carroll Kennedy Road, Cement Plant Road, Demearest Mine Road, Oak Valley Road, Gelding Road, Stallion Road, Deer Creek Road, Copello Road.
Evacuations centers are located at the Jackson Rancheria Hotel, San Andreas Town Hall and Calaveras County Fairgrounds.
Updates will be posted to this page as they become available.
A wildfire in Amador and Calaveras counties has burned 50,000 acres in the last 48 hours.
Action News Now affiliate KCRA-3 reports that the fire is threatening 6,000 homes and Cal Fire officials say the blaze is only 10 percent contained.
The fire started around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Amador County, near Jackson, and at one point, it appeared as if firefighters were going to be able to contain it quickly.
Hot temperatures, steep terrain and extremely dry brush and trees are contributing to "unprecendented fire conditions and growth," Cal Fire officials said.