First Butte Fire Fatality Recovered Near Mokelumne Hill

Mokelumne Hill, CA…Late this afternoon the body of the first confirmed Butte Fire fatality was recovered. A resident of Baker Riley Road off of Jesus Maria Road who had refused to leave, could not escape and was overcome by the fire.


The name of the victim has not been released yet pending notification of next of kin. From all of us at The Pine Tree our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the deceased.

19 Responses to "First Butte Fire Fatality Recovered Near Mokelumne Hill"

  1. dodi giroux   September 16, 2015 7:46 am - at 7:46 am

    praying for the family so sad

  2. katie   September 16, 2015 8:46 am - at 8:46 am

    praying for the family and friends. so sad and so selfish not to leave

  3. Laura   September 16, 2015 8:50 am - at 8:50 am

    Prayers for the family and friends.

  4. Beulahvelveteendeville   September 16, 2015 8:54 am - at 8:54 am

    @katie Really? Selfish? That’s a negative outlook and totally unnecessary. Hope this person was happy with their choice and died doing what they wanted!

  5. Marissa   September 16, 2015 9:46 am - at 9:46 am

    When you realize your house and all your belongings you’ve worked so hard for are about to be gone, that’s your home, your life. I honestly don’t blame someone for not wanting to leave. This whole fire situation is so devasting. Praying for all those suffering. ❤️

  6. Tia   September 16, 2015 9:57 am - at 9:57 am

    Thank you for posting updates as you get them. Mainstream media should pay attention to your reporting.

  7. ric   September 16, 2015 10:00 am - at 10:00 am

    Stuff is replaceable believe it or not we were born naked and will die naked the only thing we leave behind that matters is our children and our love for them. Deepest sympathy for family

  8. jamie   September 16, 2015 10:37 am - at 10:37 am

    So sorry prayers for family and sympathy

  9. MARY   September 16, 2015 10:45 am - at 10:45 am


  10. Carol Morrissey   September 16, 2015 11:29 am - at 11:29 am

    This is heart breaking news and you will hear about many fatalities in disasters Katrina..etc…where older people’s lives are all they have left in life…my prayers go out to this person’s family and all others who were affected by the Butte fire.

  11. lesel   September 16, 2015 11:59 am - at 11:59 am

    Sorry, but that was a very rude comment @katie! How dare you! You have no idea the circumstances that made that individual not leave. Did you even consider that maybe there was something that HINDERED them being able to leave? The only selfish thing about it was your comment!

  12. Nancy   September 16, 2015 12:20 pm - at 12:20 pm

    I wonder if it was the girl with her dog?! I seen post yesterday on Facebook about a girl and her dog missing in the same area! Too sad

  13. Karen   September 16, 2015 12:53 pm - at 12:53 pm

    The person might not have “refused” to leave. I don’t think they should be reporting this unless they know for sure. Many homes in this area are tucked away and could have been missed in door to door evacuations. My parents were. They live in this area and did not know they were supposed to evacuate. The power was out in this area so they did not have tv, internet, phone. No cell phone service. The fire moved very fast. They were able to see fire was close and left just in time.
    This is still tragic no matter what. Thoughts and prayers to everyone.

  14. JoAnne Dixon   September 16, 2015 12:56 pm - at 12:56 pm

    Everyone stop. It’s not the time for this . God will judge and be just. Prayers for everyone.

  15. Linda Newland   September 16, 2015 1:18 pm - at 1:18 pm

    My 92 year old mother lives very close to his place and if she hadn’t had a hard wired phone that didn’t depend on electricity, I would not have been able to contact her to let her know it was time to go. A necessity for winter electricity outings etc. Only a few dollars for a cheap plug in phone….NOT a portable with a base that uses electricity.

  16. Linda Dany   September 16, 2015 1:22 pm - at 1:22 pm

    So sorry for this tragedy. I am in Illinois and watching my home state burn up. It breaks my heart. My condolences to the family of this victim.

  17. janine gilmore   September 16, 2015 1:45 pm - at 1:45 pm

    I know of several family’s from all over this fire that were never told to evacuate. And had to drive thru fire to escape their was more animal evacthan people. I believe the cause in some cases this was no news coverage no radio broadcasts. Most were unaware their was a fire

  18. Annette ybarra   September 16, 2015 3:32 pm - at 3:32 pm

    Our home is under evacuation alert and I will do so when and if the time comes. My roommate says they will stay and fight for their home. It’s all they have. They do not expect anyone to risk their life to save them if they stay. In respond to many people not being told to leave, I turned on the scanner as soon as I found out there was a fire. All day and thru the night the police department was evacuating house by house. Says they did so, they called dispatch and gave house addresses and there were a few that had refused to leave. I also heard several officers tell dispatch that they were going back to do a quick check to make sure that people had not been missed and to check houses where there was no answer which were quite a few. I am not saying that they did not miss anyone I am simply telling what I heard. It is heart breaking what happened to this person but if they refused to leave…I respect the fact they fought for what was theirs. My prayers to the family and all those who were and are being affected by this fire. My gratitude to the firefighters, police department and anyone who has helped in any way. I have noticed how many businesses around the area have opened their parking lots for campers. Others have donated food, dog food, places for people to keep their large animals and so much more. Thank you all very much.

  19. MIKE ,DIANE, &REST Of FAMILY:-):-):-):-)   September 17, 2015 4:31 am - at 4:31 am

    GOD BLESS YOU All, PRAYING For His Will Please help our local West Pointers Also, And Keep the MASON Family in your positive thoughts!l THANK YOU All FOR Your Unconditional LOVE:-):-):-):-):-)