Butte Fire Summary Timeline
The Butte Fire started Wednesday, September 9th at 2:36PM and burned 70,868 acres. A total of 921 structures were destroyed including; 549 homes, 368 outbuildings, and 4 commercial properties. Another 44 structures were damaged. It took three weeks to fully contain and took the lives of two people. Donations and assistance provided locally by The Resource Connection here and the American Red Cross here.
9/9/15 Butte Fire Acreage Grows from 160 acres initially, to 1,200 acres with an estimated 30% containment. Cal Fire confirms the Butte Fire burning in the Mokelumne River drainage jumped the river into Calaveras County — and is one and the same as the vegetation fire earlier reported in Mokelumne Hill.
9/10/15 Butte Fire Acreage Triples
- 2,600 overnight reported at 6am Thursday
- 4,000 acres reported at 7am
- Some Calaveras Schools Closed
- 14,000 acres reported at 9am
- Mother Lode Skies Filled With Drift Smoke
- Calaveras Supervisors Declaring Local State Of Emergency
- Tax Relief For Damaged Property
- Cal Fire spokesperson Nancy Longmore, “What we’re seeing out the window is pretty daunting. Early this morning, the [Cal Fire] website said that the fire is spreading in all directions and that is absolutely true,” she states. “The main thing that is spreading this fire is the extremely dry conditions, not just the grass, but the brush and the trees are as dry as dry can be after four years of drought – and that, coupled with the steep terrain and the wind — is just allowing this fire to go nuts, similar to what the Rim Fire was doing two years, ago.”
- Friday acreage went from 31,974 acres to 64,728 acres.
- Fire Resources Ramp Up, Calaveras Unified Cancels Classes
- Public Information Officer Julie Rider notes firefighting hampered [Saturday] due to an inversion layer, with low lying smoke, that prevented aircraft from flying.
- Red Cross Leads Evacuation Centers Efforts
- Governor Jerry Brown declared the Butte Fire a statewide emergency.
- Day Four: Evacuations Remain
- Unit Chief White Recaps Butte Fire
- At least one case of looting reported Saturday morning in relation to the Butte Fire. The Placer CHP division reports that a suspect was taken into custody
- Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office responds to looting complains: Law enforcement is brought in from outside the area, through mutual aid agreements, to help provide additional patrol.
- Saturday to Sunday the Butte Fire grew an additional 18,572
9/13/15 Butte Fire’s Destructive Path
- Butte Fire Power Outages Declining
- CAL Fire reports 135 homes and 79 outbuildings have been destroyed while four additional structures were damaged. Those numbers come from the damage assessment team after a second day on the burn footprint. The fire’s containment is 25% with the acreage only growing 85 acres to 65,300.
- Chief White Provides Update On Butte Fire at the Tuolumne County Supervisor’s Meeting.
9/16/15 The Flames Take More Homes 45% containment
9/17/15 Homes In Ruin Increase
- Containment hits 55% and the fire’s size sticks to 70,760 acres.
- Containment Anticipated Next Week
- Butte Fire Recovery Assistance; Center To Open
- Update: Butte Fire Ranks Among California’s Worst
- Butte Fire: Locals Say ‘Thank You’
- Angels Camp Farmers Market Includes Butte Fire Support
- 60% contained
- State Dept. of Insurance Advises Butte Fire Evacuees
- PG&E Restoring More Customers In Butte Fire Areas
9/19/15 Butte Fire Containment 67%
- Containment begins at 65% and climbs to 67% as firefighters hold the line on the acreage for a third day in a row at 70,760.
- Butte Fire One-Stop-Shop For Evacuees
- Butte Fire Evacuees Get Help From Calaveras Realtors
- Royce Will Talk County Issues
- 80% containment, the acreage is up slightly to 70,868.
- 87% with the size remains at 70,868. Cal Fire PIO Josh Rubinstein reports another good sign is that the resources have decreased by 500 firefighters with 2,159 still battling the blaze.
- Frogtown Still Housing Livestock, Transitioning Butte Fire Evacuees
- Butte Fire Meeting Goers Get Info; Share Thanks, Concerns
- Advisory Evacuations Lifted
- Calaveras County Amended To Federal Disaster Declaration
- Butte Fire Recovery Meeting, Assistance Center Details
- Paying For The Butte Fire
- Cal Fire To Host Additional Butte Fire Meeting
- Bigelow Tours Butte Fire Devastation
- 95% containment and 70,868 acres
- Calaveras Supes To Vote On More Butte Fire Business
- From The Butte Fire Ruins Recovery Ramps Up
9/29/15 Butte Fire Remains 95% Contained
9/30/15 Butte Fire 96% Contained
- Don’t Get Burned A Second Time
- Open for Business Calaveras County Visitors Bureau urges the public to take a trip to the area. (see also Grape Stomp Aids Butte Fire Survivors)
- PAWS Shares Post Butte Fire News, Big Cats’ Passings
- Details, Filing Deadlines For Butte Fire Survivors Seeking SBA, FEMA Help
- Butte Fire Changing Of The Guard
10/2/2015 Butte Fire Fully Contained
Other Butte Fire News
- Expedited Housing For Butte Fire Homeless
- Butte Fire Relief Money Rolling In From Donors
- Butte Fire Recovery And Temporary Housing Update
- Shoring Up Possible Butte Fire Flooding
- $4.5 Million In SBA Loans For Butte Fire Survivors So Far
- Another Butte Fire Lawsuit Filed
- Butte Fire Cleanup Continues
- Calaveras Tourism Affected By The Butte Fire
- Butte Fire Recovery News Includes Nov 6 Deadline