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Tough Decisions for Families Fleeing Butte Fire

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AMADOR COUNTY--

What to save and what to leave is a tough decision facing families in Amador and Calaveras counties as the Butte Fire continued to spread Thursday.

"You could see at least four acres completely, just within a couple minute period, completely engulfed in flames. I said, 'We gotta get off this hill,'" evacuee Darla Guilleman said.

Police went door to door, calling out evacuation grids on their radios as mandatory orders to leave expanded to more communities.

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.

As the fire flared up later in the day, firefighters started to play defense - waiting for reinforcements. Many are in their second straight day battling the flames, and help can't come soon enough.

"We've double shifted them to try and keep the fire fight going, and all of them have really great attitudes, and I'm hoping we keep it that way," Pasa Robles Battalion Chief Steve Crawford said.

With the rugged terrain, fighting the fire from the air is all the more crucial.

The fire had spread to 14,700 acres by 6:30 p.m., Thursday and was only 20 percent contained.