An explosive wildfire which started on September 8, 2015, has forced 2 700 residents across the northern California to evacuate by September 11. A state of emergency was declared by California Governor Jerry Brown, as more than 1 500 firefighters have been dispatched across the affected areas.
About few hundred acres (about 40 hectares) have been burnt down in the counties of Amador and Calaveras by the “Butte” Fire on September 10, 2015. The area affected rapidly increased in only a few days to 65 000 acres (26 305 hectares), as of September 12. The fire is only 5% contained currently and evacuations have been ordered across the San Andreas town.
Since an explosive start on September 8, the fire has been spreading uncontrollably toward the south and east: “It’s exploding like a balloon. It’s moving very fast. There are many homes threatened. … This fire is extremely dangerous,” state fire spokeswoman Nancy Longmore said.