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State of Emergency Declared in California Counties due to Wildfire

Posted by feww on September 13, 2015

California Butte Fire consumes 65,000 acres, dozens of homes, threatens 6,500 residences

Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency for Amador and Calaveras counties, after Butte Fire wildfire destroyed dozens of structures and threatened thousands more, and prompting authorities to order tens of thousands of residents to abandon their homes.

Mandatory Evacuation Orders 

Residents in the following areas have been ordered to leave immediately:

San Andreas at Pope, West Murray Creek, Lewis, Miller, San Andreas Elementary, Goldstrike, Mountain Ranch East to Windmill, Wimbledon Drive, Forest Hill, and Turner Court.

Additional Mandatory Evacuation Orders, Evacuations Advisories and related information posted at

California Butte Fire (FM-5111)

Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on September 10, 2015

County: Amador & Calaveras Counties
Location: Butte Mountain Road, east of Jackson
Acres Burned – Containment: 65,000 acres – 15% contained
Structures Threatened: 6,400
Structures Destroyed: 86 homes, 51 outbuildings
Last Updated: September 12, 2015 9:15pm (PDT)
Date/Time Started: September 9, 2015 2:26pm

Total Fire Personnel: 3,852 [Source: NIFC]

Other major fires in California include

  • Gasquet Complex Fires,  Six Rivers National Forest, 29,525 acres, 13 miles northeast of Crescent City 7
  • River Complex Fires,  Shasta-Trinity National Forest, 75,028 acres, 3 miles southwest of Denny
  • Rough Fire,  Sierra National Forest, 117,034 acres, 5 miles north of Hume
  • South Complex Fires, Shasta-Trinity National Fores,t 29,416 acres, 5 miles north of Hyampom
  • Tenaya Fire, Yosemite National Park, 495 acres, 2 miles north of Yosemite Valley

States currently reporting large fires:
California (6)
Idaho (7)
Montana (4)
Oregon (3)
Utah (2)
Washington (11)
Acres Burned in Active Fires: 1,595,911

Year-to-date statistics 2015 (1/1/15 – 9/12/15)
Fires: 45,263 Acres: 8,617,473

Annual average prior 10 years 2005-2014
Fires: 55,814 Acres: 6,312,406

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