Butte Fire Continues to Explode in Size, Grows to 65,000 Acres

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In just over 48 hours, the Butte Fire has burned 65,000 of dry, rugged terrain in Calaveras and Amador counties.

The fire is estimated to be only 15 percent contained.

Classes in Amador Co. Unified School District have been canceled.

Jackson Rancheria Hotel, San Andreas Town Hall, Jenny Lyn Veterans Hall, Good Samaritan Curch and Amador County Fairgrounds are the current evacuation centers for the fire.

Mandatory evacuation orders in Calaveras County are: 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.

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 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.

Mandatory evacuation orders in San Andreas are: Pope Street, W Murray, Lewis Avenue, Miller, San Andreas Elementary, Mountain Ranch Road to Windmill and Gold Hunter Subdivision.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.