Update on Butte Fire in Amador County
Dear Kirkwood Customers,
This update is being provided as of 8:00am, Wednesday, September 16, 2015.
Cal Fire is reporting that the Butte Fire, currently burning in both Amador and Calaveras Counties, has consumed 71,780 acres, with 233 homes destroyed and 175 outbuildings. It is 45% contained at this time and evacuations have been lifted.
As reported when this fire first began on September 9th, PG&E had to turn off their 115 kV line in the Moklumne River drainage area, in turn affecting our Out Valley power from Salt Springs. The District has been providing reliable power to the community since then via its diesel generators, and it is unknown as to when Kirkwood can once again receive power from PG&E’s substation. Yesterday PG&E was reporting 2,200 customers still without power in the Pine Grove-Pioneer area, although this morning that number is less than 1,000.
If you are interested in helping out those who have been devastated by this fire, cash donations may be made by visiting the website for The Amador Community Foundation (ACF), www.amadorcommunityfoundation.org where you will see a link for cash donations entitled Butte Fire Disaster Relief Fund. Every dollar goes only to relief; there are no administrative costs. The ACF is also accepting funds specifically for displaced animals, named ACART (Amador County Animal Rescue Team). To obtain further information on how you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cause of the fire remains undetermined. For further updates, please go to http://yubanet.com/2015Local/ButteAEU.php.