AMADOR COUNTY --
Close to 15,000 acres have been torched by the Butte Fire, a number that will continue to rise.
“It's moving, and it's burning a lot of ground right now,” said Public Information Officer Bud England.
Many of the firefighters battling this blaze have been on the job since the fire first was reported Wednesday afternoon, but more personnel are expected to arrive tonight.
“A lot of times during the night, we find favorable conditions to engage and put a lot of fire out. There are still a lot of houses and homes in the area that we are doing structure defense on,” said England. “Those firefighters are tired, they're weary and they need rest. So as those crews come in, we are swapping them out.”
Between last night and tonight, the Butte fire raged up this hill blackening some 15,000 acres. All the residents in this area were evacuated, but it destroyed homes in a matter of minutes.
One of those homes, belonging to Richard Lucich, was quickly surrounded by fire as he and his two sons from Sacramento packed up his ranch.
“Some embers had jumped over the property and kind of took over a lot quicker that we had ever anticipated and it quickly became overwhelming so we left on foot,” said Lucich.
Mandatory evacuation orders in Calaveras County are: Boston Yale Subdivision from East SR 26 to Ponderosa Way, Easy Bird Road, Sierra Lane, Thadeus Court, Center Street; SR 26 from Highway 49 to Railroad Flat to include all sides of the street; Jesus Maria from Hwy 26 to Railroad Flat to include all sides of the streets North of Jesus Maria and South to Doster Road/West Murray Creek Road and East of Hawver Road.
Mandatory evacuation orders in Amador County are: Canyon View, Fig Tree Lane, and Ponderosa Way; The Town of Pine Grove to include all areas South of Highway 88 at Ranch Road and East of West Clinton and East Clinton Road.