American Fire Coverage

Stories, links and resources associated with the American Fire, which started Aug. 10, 2013 northeast of Foresthill in Placer County. Full containment came Aug. 30.

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Capital Public Radio reports

  • American Fire - Sunday Update: Community Meeting Set for Monday

    August 25, 2013

    A community meeting to update residents on the American Fire is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Foresthill Veteran's Memorial Hall. Containment has grown to 78 percent, with 24,135 acres burned. Five structures have been lost. Update: 3:30 p.m.

  • American Fire Update: Containment Lines Strengthened

    August 24, 2013

    Favorable weather allowed crews to strengthen containment lines, which stands at nearly 24,000 acres burned and 67 percent containment. Some crews have been assigned to other fires, with 1,429 people still working the incident. Update: 9:30 p.m.

  • American Fire Keeps Growing, Crews Gaining Ground

    August 23, 2013

    The American Fire has grown to more than 20,200 acres while firefighters have the blaze 66 percent contained. Mop-up efforts are under way on two fronts, to keep the fire from spreading beyond containment lines. Update: 6:15 p.m.

  • Crews Holding Containment of American Fire

    August 22, 2013

    Aggressive firefighting from the air and ground have kept the American Fire from rapid growth. Containment stands at 60 percent as of Thursday night. Nearly 18,000 acres have burnt. Update: 10:30 p.m.

  • American Fire Pricetag: $1 Million Per Day

    August 21, 2013

    Officials say the American Fire burning in the Tahoe National Forest does not appear to be arson, but was caused by humans. So far, the wildfire has cost $ 1 million a day to fight.

  • Crews Gain Ground on American Fire, Erratic Winds Still a Concern

    August 21, 2013

    The American Fire was 63 percent contained as of late Tuesday, as winds are pushing the blaze nearer the Foresthills area. A Red Flag warning remains in effect until 11 p.m. today. Fire officials say full containment is expected around Sept. 1.

  • 146th Airlift Wing / YouTube

    Cockpit Video From American Fire Airdrop

    August 19, 2013

    A public briefing on the status of the American Fire at 7 p.m. today at the Foresthill Veteran's Memorial Hall. The fire continues to grow, consuming almost 15,000 acres, with 49 percent containment. Weather conditions are a concern. Update: 5:30 pm

  • American Fire Keeps Growing, Crews Making Progress

    August 18, 2013

    Predictions of thunderstorms and winds have fire officials ready for the American Fire to become more erratic in the coming days. The fire has grown to nearly 14,000 acres and is 49 percent contained as of late Sunday.

  • Photo by Westfall / U.S. Forest Service

    More Than 1,400 Battling for American Fire Containment

    August 17, 2013

    The American Fire is now more than 12,000 acres and is 40 percent contained as of late Saturday night. Heavy fuels, low humidity and steep terrain are contributing to the difficulty of fighting the fire. Smoky conditions persist. Updated: 9:55 p.m.

  • National Weather Service

    More Resources Dedicated to American Fire, Areas Closed

    August 16, 2013

    The American Fire has grown to nearly 10,000 acres and is 31 percent contained. Smoke from the fire, burning in a remote area of the Tahoe National Forest, is expected to settle over the Sierra overnight and early Saturday. Updated: 10:10 p.m.

  • American Fire Grows, Along With Containment

    August 15, 2013

    Closures of areas adjacent to the American Fire in the Tahoe National Forest have been ordered. The fire is in a remote area near Foresthill, and has burned 5,400 acres. It is 35 percent contained. Updated: 11:20 p.m.

  • Smoke is Major Problem with American Fire

    August 15, 2013

    The American Fire burning in the Tahoe National Forest has doubled in size to nearly 5,000 acres and it is still growing. But containment has also doubled to 35%.

  • Photo by Pavlica/US Forest Service

    American Fire Continues to Grow, Smoky Conditions Persist

    August 14, 2013

    The American Fire in the Tahoe National Forest has grown to almost 4,000 acres. Nearly 550 personnel are working the incident, which is not threatening structures. The fire is 10 percent contained as of late Wednesday. Updated 11:00 p.m.

  • Fire in Tahoe National Forest Continues to Grow

    August 12, 2013

    The 'American Fire' burning in a heavily forested area of steep terrain about 17 miles northeast of Foresthill in Tahoe National Forest has grown to more than 1,000 acres. No evacuations or road closures have been issued.