The Butte fire so far has destroyed over 71,780 acres along with 80 homes and taken the lives of 2 others in Calaveras County. The Aloha crew took time out to place signs along Highway 88 & 4 and in front of a few shops in Jackson as well as brought snacks and water out to the firefighters to give them some much-needed nourishment.

The rain reduced winds on Tuesday and Wednesday which definitely helped to quell the spread. As the Butte fire reaches 49% containment, we breathe a sigh of relief as the work to rebuild begins. Evacuations have been lifted and many roads are now clear for those trying to assess the damage to their properties. Many throughout Amador County are still without power. So far it looks like a PG&E power line touched a tree and set off this destructive wildfire September 9th. But the work is not done. The Valley Fire, as well as a dozen other small fires, are still causing havoc throughout California and it’s up to all of us to share in that Ohana spirit and give to others who are in desperate need of a helping hand.

If you are interested in finding out what you can do to support the firefighters and victims of the Butte fire please contact:

Red Cross Donation Information:

Call 1-800-Red-Cross, or

Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

American Red Cross of Sierra-Delta Facebook page: The Refuge Church at 642 Murphys Grade Road in Angels Camp is accepting gift cards donations. They are stressing that the biggest need is gift cards and not other items. Call first to ask what they need (209) 736-2035.

The Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort says it's accepting items for evacuees. These items include shampoos, tents, pet products and more. Check their Facebook Page for a list. It's best to give them a call on a day-to-day basis to see what they need: (800) 822-9466

Burson Full Gospel Church is collecting donations and seeking volunteers. Check their Facebook page to learn about their needs.

The Amador County Animal Response Team, which currently has about 400 animals, is always looking for donations to help it respond to emergency situations such as the Butte Fire.

The Resources Connection/Food Bank in Calaveras County is providing assistance to those affected by the Butte Fire. To donate, call (209) 754-1257 or visit the group's website.

Calaveras County says donations may be made to the Salvation Army or Resource Connection/Food