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Sutter Buttes Fire: 100 Percent Contained
August 02, 2018

August 2, 2018 11:30 a.m. Sutter Buttes Fire: 100 Percent Contained

Sutter County Fire Chief John Shalowitz said this morning the grass fire in the Sutter Buttes that threatened a communications array and led to the evacuation of four homes earlier this week is 100 percent contained.

Sutter County Fire personnel will continue to monitor the area until there is no further threat.

Cause of the fire, which was reported just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, is unknown and under investigation, Chief Shalowitz said. Fire burned approximately 1,200 acres, spreading from Pass Road up and around South Butte between Brockman and Moore canyons—between Kellogg and West Butte roads.

Evacuation orders were lifted late Wednesday, and Pass Road through the Sutter Buttes was re-opened to traffic.

Fire fighters from several surrounding communities responded to the fire, along with fire fighters from CalFire, Beale Air Force Base, and Sacramento County.

The fire caused minor damage to a communications array on the western peak of South Butte. No homes were lost and no injuries were reported.

The fire was never a threat to communities surrounding the Sutter Buttes.


August 1, 2018 - 8:30 P.M. The Sutter Buttes Fire At 90 Percent Containment, Pass Road Open

Some 27 hours after it began, the fire in the Sutter Buttes is 90 percent contained and several fire fighters from throughout the region are being deployed to other responsibilities. Pass Road through the Sutter Buttes has been opened.

The residents in four homes along Pass Road are being allowed to return as all evacuation orders have been lifted.

Firefighters from the Sutter County Fire Department continue to work the fire, which currently is no threat to structures or communities surrounding the Buttes. Residents are reminded to remain vigilant, however.

The fire broke out along Pass Road about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, and spread rapidly up South Butte. Firefighters mitigated damage to a communications array on South Butte, and have contained 90 percent of the fire. Fire fighters from surrounding communities and Sacramento County responded. The Sacramento Metro Fire Department supplied aerial resources.


August 1, 2018- 4 PM The Sutter Buttes Fire Is At 1200 Acres, 80 Percent Contained

Fire crews worked throughout the day to obtain 80 percent containment of a grass fire in the Sutter Buttes. Four homes have been evacuated. Some residents in the Buttes have been advised to be prepared to evacuate, but the fire does not threaten any of the communities surrounding the world’s smallest mountain range.

The fire is estimated to be approximately 1,200 acres, and is not expected to increase in size.

Crews established containment on the western, eastern and southern flanks, but fire is burning in a northwesterly direction from South Butte toward West Butte.

Firefighters from Yuba City, Pleasant Grove, Meridian, East Nicolaus, Beale Air Force Base, Colusa County, CalFire, and Sacramento responded to the blaze. Sutter County fire crews remain on scene. Two helicopters were deployed this morning to assist with the fire fight.

Sutter County Public Works Road crews have Pass Road blocked at Acacia and West Butte Road. The road will remain closed as long as the fire is active.

Sutter County Office of Emergency Management opened an emergency operations center at the County Administrative building and assisted with resource requests from the Fire Department.

The Sutter County Sheriff’s Department mobile communications trailer was dispatched to assist law enforcement and fire personnel with communications.

Fire crews were warned about rattle snakes and wild hogs, as well as shifting wind patterns in the Buttes.

The fire was reported shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, along Pass Road between Kellogg Road and West Butte Road. It spread up South Butte, causing minor damage to a communications array; westerly toward West Butte Road, and easterly toward Kellogg and Moore roads. Four homes along Pass Road have been evacuated, and residents along West Butte and Kellogg roads have been advised they may have to evacuate.

One person sheltered overnight at Sutter High School. The shelter was closed this morning.

Photo of the fire at night
Fire Services reviewing a map
Trucks in front of the fire damage