August 22, 2013 08:00 Update
Incident: American Wildfire
Location: Placer County, California
Date of Fire Start: August 10, 2013 4:35 p.m
Cause: Under Investigation
Size: 16,812 acres Containment: 60 percent
Management: California Interagency Incident Management Team 4
Cooperating Agencies: Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Placer County, Placer County Water Agency, CHP, Foresthill School, Foresthill Fire Department.
Fire Status: Crews continue to mop up on the west and north sides of the fire to prevent any fire from potential hotspots from crossing established containment lines. On the north-east and east edge, fire crews continue to hold and improve containment lines. Last night a back firing operation utilizing a low intensity burn was initiated to strengthen the containment line. Aggressive fire suppression efforts have limited fire movement south to south-west along the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River. Efforts to contain the fire along the more difficult steep and hazardous terrain on the south and south-east perimeters continues with crews attacking the fires edge where possible.
The fire is established in Antoine, Manilla and Scewrauger Canyons and below the Barny Cavanah Ridge. Consumption of heavy fuels will continue to contribute to smoke in surrounding areas.
Resources: Total Personnel: 1866
Hand Crews: 50 Engines: 88 Dozers: 32 Water Tenders: 50 Helicopters: 12
Structures Destroyed: 4 structures have been destroyed by the American Fire.
Closure Update: Mosquito Ridge Rd (FSR 96) is closed from the junction of Ralston Ridge Rd (FSR 96-023) to the junction of the Duncan Diversion Dam access road (FSR 96-052), west of French Meadows Reservoir. Foresthill Rd is closed from Humbug Canyon Road (FSR 88-066) to Robinson Flat Campround and Forest Rd 43 (Robinson Flat Rd) is closed from Robinson Flat Campground to Mosquito Ridge Rd.
Robinson Flat Campground and Duncan Peak Lookout remain closed.
French Meadow Reservoir and access to the Oxbow Middle Fork American Rafting Launch put in remain open.
Forest Order No 17-13-06 has closed portions of the Tahoe NF on the American Ranger District.