Buckhorn Fire

Firefighters work to put out flames at a residential structure fire on Alpine Lane in Buckhorn on Wednesday, November 20.

On Monday, November 18, at about 9:30 p.m., a Calaveras County patrol deputy recognized David Adams, 38 years old of San Andreas, who was driving a vehicle with expired registration. The deputy was familiar with Adams from prior contacts and was also aware that several arrest warrants existed for Adams.

The deputy initiated a vehicle enforcement stop near Burger King in Valley Springs. Adams failed to yield to the marked patrol unit and accelerated away from the deputy at speeds over 80 miles per hour. During the pursuit, Adams drove over curbs, veered off the roadway and drove in the opposing lane for several hundred feet. Adams drove to the end of McCauley Road where Deputies were able to block his vehicle and place him under arrest. Upon arrest, Adams was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine.

Deputies also contacted the passenger of the vehicle, who was identified as Nichole Bonneau, 40 of Mokelumne Hill. Bonneau was discovered to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and prescription pills without a prescription. She was issued a citation for misdemeanor charges and released.

Adams was booked into the Calaveras County Jail on charges that include felony evasion of a peace officer and other drug-related charges. His bail was set at $190,000.

Residential fire in Buckhorn

On Wednesday, November 20 at approximately 12:35 p.m., a residential structure fire was reported in the 16,000 block of Alpine Lane in Buckhorn. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a two-story residential structure with heavy fire involving half of the home. Firefighters retreated to a defensive attack and aggressively fought the fire, knocking the fire down before it extended into the surrounding woodland. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. Agencies responding included Amador Fire Protection District, Lockwood Fire Department, Ione Fire Department, Cal Fire, American Legion Ambulance, Amador County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Residential fire at Camanche Village

At 6:07 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, Jackson Valley Fire District was dispatched to a first alarm residential structure fire in the 1500 block of Duck Creek Road at Camanche Village in Ione. First arriving fire units found heavy fire showing from the front of the house and attic area. An aggressive exterior attack was made due to obvious signs of structural weakening and crews were able to contain the fire to the building without spreading to the wildland areas surrounding the fire. Fire crews remained on scene into the afternoon watching for hot spots. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but does not appear to be suspicious in nature. There was extensive damage and the fire loss was estimated at approximately $280,000. Agencies assisting Jackson Valley fire District were City of Ione Fire Department, Mule Creek Fire Department, City of Jackson Fire Department, Sutter Creek Fire District, Buena Vista Fire Department, Cal Fire Sutter Hill, Amador County Sheriff’s Office, American Legion ambulance and PG&E.

Fire breaks out at Ampine

A fire broke out at Ampine in Martell on Wednesday, November 13 at approximately 8:05 a.m. in the latest in a string of fire-related incidents at the business, which makes a variety of fiberboard products at its facility for use in cabinetry, countertops, furniture components, casework, shelving, retail fixtures, office furniture, underlayment, and stair treads.

Fire crews from Cal Fire, Sutter Creek Fire Protection District, Jackson Fire Department, Ione Fire Department, Amador Fire Protection District responded to the latest incident.

In August of 2007, a fire leveled the building at Ampine and caused an estimated $10 million in damages. In March of 2013, crews responded to a vehicle fire at the plant. In October of 2015, one person was injured after an explosion and fire at the facility, which damaged a silo and portion of a building. In February of 2016, firefighters worked for days to extinguish a fire in a large sawdust pile used for producing particle board at the plant. In August of 2017, crews tackled another fire at the facility, which was extinguished before damaging any surrounding structures. And, in June of this year, Ampine was rocked by an explosion.