More Resources Dedicated to American Fire, Areas Closed



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, August 16, 2013


Thursday coverage: American Fire Grows, Along With Containment
Latest U.S. Forest Service Incident Report

Update: 10:10 p.m. - Fire jumps Foresthill Divide Road, grows to nearly 10,000 acres
The American Fire, burning in heavy fuels on very steep slopes about eight miles from the community of Foresthill, has grown to 9,726 acres. Today the fire crossed the Foresthill Divide Road into the Whisky Hill area.

An emergency closure order remains 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 athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe

Heavy fuels are creating large amounts of smoke, which is a significant issue for the Sierra Foothills, Tahoe area, and Sacramento Valley. Several counties have issued air quality warnings, and those planning to visit area campgrounds and other recreation sites may experience intermittent heavy smoke.

Smoky conditions may last for several days. Changing weather patterns are likely to affect fire behavior and smoke dispersal patterns.

0817 American Fire Smoke Forecast

Fire officials established 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.

No populated areas are threatened, including the Foresthill community, and full suppression efforts remain in progress. Firefighter and public safety remain the highest priority.

Update: 1:00 p.m. - More Resources Dedicated to American Fire, Areas Closed

An emergency closure order is in place for portions of National Forest System lands within and adjacent to the American Fire. The fire is burning in heavy fuels, on very steep slopes. Access to the fire area is limited.

Closure map:

0816 American Fire Closure Map - primary

 

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 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.

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. Last night the fire moved up Secret Canyon to Ford Point. The potential for fire growth is high due to the heavy fuels and steep slopes (up to 150 percent). One mining structure was destroyed and there have been two minor injuries todate.

The community of Foresthill is not threatened.

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
Fire perimeter as of Friday morning in red:
0818 American Fire Perimiter

Basic Information

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Saturday August 10th, 2013 approx. 04:30 PM
Location Deadwood Ridge, northeast of Foresthill
Incident Commander Dana D'andrea

Current Situation

Total Personnel 1,226
Size 7,367 acres
Percent Contained 31%
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber

Fire Behavior

The fire will continue to grow today. It is currently moving toward the American Hill Road moving roughly northeast. The alignment of topography and the predicted weather pattern are contributing to fire movement.

Significant Events

Smoke is anticipated to be a significant issue for the Sierra Foothills.

Outlook

Terrain Difficulty

Very steep terrain

Remarks

Continue to fight aggressively with direct and indirect lines.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions 7-15 mph NE
Temperature 79 degrees
Humidity 42%
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