American Fire Update 8-29-13
Incident: American Wildfire
Location: Placer County,California
Date of Fire Start: August 10, 2013 4:35 p.m
Cause: Under Investigation Size: 26,194 acres Containment: 98 percent
Management: California Interagency Incident Management Team 4
Cooperating Agencies: PlacerCounty Sheriff’s Department,PlacerCounty, Placer County Water Agency, CHP,ForesthillSchool, Foresthill Fire Department
Fire Status: Today, crews will continue aggressive “mop-up”, which consists of walking grid patterns inside the fire perimeter to detect and extinguish hot spots. Yesterday, this careful and methodical work resulted in several hot spots being detected within the fire’s perimeter. Additional areas of heat are expected to be observed as weather becomes warmer and drier. This on-going continued work is critical to ensuring the fire remains within established continment lines.
Repair of areas affected by fire fighting activities will continue for some time in the American Fire area. This includes chipping material piled next to roads during fire line construction as well as identifying needs to construct water control devices along fire lines throughout the fire area.
The Tahoe National Forest and the Incident Management Team appreciate visitors continuing to comply with area and road closures. These closures are in place to protect visitors and fire fighters. The roads and areas that have been closed are unsafe due to several factors including: fire-weakened, burned trees that pose a risk of falling; burning holes in the ground from tree roots and stumps; and heavy smoke making visibility extremely poor. These areas and roads will continue to be re-evaluated and will be re-opened as soon as possible.
Resources: Total Personnel: 1,001
Hand Crews: 22 Engines: 57 Dozers: 3 Water Tenders: 28 Helicopters: 7
Closures: Mosquito Ridge Road (FSR 96) remains 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. However, Mosquito Ridge Road will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30.
Foresthill Road remains closed from Humbug Canyon Road (FSR 88-066) to Robinson Flat Campground and Forest Road 43 (Robinson Flat Rd) remains closed from Robinson Flat Campground toMosquito Ridge Rd.
Robinson Flat Campground and Duncan Peak Lookout also remain closed.
French Meadow Reservoir and access to the Oxbow Middle Fork American Rafting Launch remain open.
Forest Order No 17-13-06 has closed portions of the Tahoe NF on the American Ranger District.
Further information: American Fire Information (530) 367-8020, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Tahoe_NF www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3624 For smoke information: www.placer.ca.gov/apcd