Late the morning of Thursday, July 7, emergency agencies responded to the Butterfield Fire, a wildfire near the Glenshire neighborhood in eastern Truckee.

The fire was caused by a female who has been taken into custody, according to the Truckee Police Department. The woman, unnamed due to the ongoing investigation, has admitted to intentionally lighting multiple spot fires near the Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency on Butterfield Drive, the police department stated. She is currently facing numerous arson charges. The TTSA site, which includes chemical components and wastewater treatment functions, was not impacted.

Earlier that same day, around 6:30 a.m., a female suspect trespassed on TTSA property.


“Truckee PD responded to call for service this morning relating to trespassing complaint,” shared Bron Roberts, Town of Truckee public information officer, with Moonshine. “A female individual was escorted off the property. No prosecution was desired.”

Because of the investigation, the Town of Truckee would not confirm whether the two individuals were the same.

An unnamed TTSA staff member told Moonshine Ink that the woman onsite that morning got into physical altercations with several staff members. This person believes the woman is the same as the one who started the nearby Butterfield Fire. TTSA executive staff did not respond to the Ink’s questions about the trespassing.

As of publication, the Butterfield Fire remains at about 12 acres, split into two zones. Zone TRK-E112-A, which includes TTSA and Truckee Sanitary District sites, remains under evacuation orders. The Legacy Trail will be closed overnight, no public access allowed.

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  • Alex Hoeft

    Alex Hoeft joined Moonshine staff in May 2019, happy to return to the world of journalism after a few years in community outreach. She has both her bachelor's and Master's in journalism, from Brigham Young University and University of Nevada, Reno, respectively. When she's not journalism-ing, she's wrangling her toddler or reading a book — or doing both at the same time.

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