Butte Fire Rumor Page


RUMOR:  The DRC is closed, FEMA has left the County, and assistance is no longer being provided.

FACT:  Partially True - Mostly False.  Even though the DRC has closed, FEMA remains in California to work with the State and Calaveras County governments to provide assistance with recovery.  FEMA will remain as long as needed.  Get the full article and FEMA contact information at http://bit.ly/1R4sXWB.

RUMOR:  The Sacramento Kings are coming to Calaveras High School.

FACT:  True.  Come and get your game on with the Sacramento Kings!  The Calaveras High School Girls basketball team is hosting the Middle School Boys' "Tip-Off Classic" Basketball Tournament.  Come and see the 3 Point Shoot-Out and Challenge at the CHS gym at 1:00 p.m. on December 12th.

UPDATE:  We look forward to the Kings return in 2016!

RUMOR:  A Butte Fire survivor has died due to freezing temperatures.

FACT:  False.  The County Coroner reports there have been no weather-related deaths in the County.

RUMOR:  Colored flagging left at people's homes during the fire was from CalFire to identify what was or was not defendable.

FACT:  False.  Flagging was left by utility companies and also fire personnel to identify home locations that were not visible from the road.

RUMOR: There has been a reported suicide death related to the fire.

FACT: False.  While the County has been actively sharing resources regarding counseling available to those affected by the fire, no suicides have been reported as a direct result of the fire.  This information was confirmed with the County Coroner on October 19, 2015. 

Counseling resources:

Mental Health Workshop:  Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Mondays November 30 thru January 25, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Rail Road Flat Community Hall, 250 Rail Road Flat Road, Rail Road Flat, CA 95248

Disaster Distress Helpline:

800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746800-985-5990 and press “2” for Spanish or text Hablanos to 66746

RUMOR:  Properties must be cleaned of contaminants before modular trailers may be placed

FACT:  True.  The County is working with federal and state partners to ensure contaminants are removed from the area prior to occupancy.  They are working to ensure pathways for placement are also free of contaminants.  While asbestos, acids, heavy metals, propane and acetylene tanks, and much more continue to remain a concern, as of October 19, 2015 crews completing air sampling have found no airborne contaminants in the areas they have tested.  Should contaminants be found in the soils, they are following proper protocols to ensure the safe recovery and disposal of those contaminants.

RUMOR:  The county is no longer accepting donations.

FACT:  Partially True. Monetary donations continue to be accepted; however, due to the overwhelming support, we have reached capacity for the need of personal and household items, and will no longer accept them. There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for the thousands of individuals and families that have been affected. Several tons of donated items have inundated the Calaveras County community. At this time, there is no longer a need for additional donated items, but volunteers are needed to sort the donations that have already been delivered. Financial donations to help support recovery and rebuilding efforts are desperately needed. To make a financial donation, volunteer, or get more information, please go to: Butte Fire Donations

RUMOR: I must fill sandbags with only sand in order to protect my property from storm runoff

FACT False.  Sandbags need not be filled with sand. In fact, any soil from the property will be sufficient.  Bags should be filled ⅓ to ½ full as over-filling bags causes them to bulge and allow water to leak through gaps. Sandbags will be available Mokelumne Hill, Railroad Flat, La Contenta and Mountain Ranch.  Specific locations will be announced when sandbags become available prior to expected storm systems.  The NWS Eureka has created this video on how to fill and place sandbags: https://youtu.be/ZbPOF5AJTDo