American Fire Burning 26,194 Acres
Updated Thursday, August 29: 7:44am
Placer County, CA - As of Monday, August 26: 8:08 am, the American Fire has scorched 26,194 acres with containment reported at 97%.
Located in Tahoe National Forest outside of Foresthill, the American Fire continues to burn in steep and hazardous terrain as well as timber fuels that have not burned in several decades. Consumption of heavy fuels continues to contribute to the heavy smoke in the surrrounding areas.
An emergency closure order is in place for portions of National Forest System lands within and adjacent to the American Fire.
A map and description of the closed area can be obtained at Tahoe National Forest offices as well as online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe
American Fire: 26,194 acres burning / 97% containment.
1,429 Firefighting Personnel
10,000 Acres ~ 15 Square Miles
The American fire is burning in heavy fuels, on very steep slopes. Access to the fire area is limited.
The heavy fuels are creating large amounts of smoke. Smoke is a significant issue for the Sierra Foothills, Tahoe area, and Sacramento Valley. An air quality warning has been issued for Placer county. Those planning to visit area campgrounds and other recreation sites may experience intermittent heavy smoke. Smoky conditions may last for several days.
Fire officials are establishing an incident base known as a spike camp in the Greek Store area off of Mosquito Ridge Road to enable easier access to the southeast end of the fire.
A 10,000 gallon water tank and a 10,000 gallon mobile retardant plant to aid with helicopter suppression operations has been established at the Blue Canyon Airport just south of Interstate 80.
The fire is located about 10 miles northeast of Foresthill in the Tahoe National Forest. The fire has burned across the North Fork Middle Fork American River and is burning both up and down the river drainage. The potential for fire growth is high due to the heavy fuels, steep slopes (up to 150 percent), predicted temperatures, and low humidities. One mining structure was destroyed and there have been two minor injuries todate.
The community of Foresthill is not threatened.
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- American Fire Northeast of Foresthill in Tahoe National Forest (Monday, August 12, 2013)
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The American fire has burned an estimated 1750 acres and is burning in heavy fuels on very steep slopes.
- Hundreds Battle Roaring American Fire (Wednesday, August 14, 2013)
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Updated Thursday, August 29: 7:43am American Fire burning over 26,194 acres with 97% containment
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