American Fire Update 8-30-13
Incident: American Wildfire
Location: Placer County,California
Date of Fire Start: August 10, 2013 4:35 p.m
Cause: Under Investigation Size: 27,440 acres Containment: 100 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: Hot spots well interior of fire containment lines continued to be detected and extinguished yesterday. Today, crews will continue this aggressive “mop-up”, which consists of seeking out and destroying hot spots in the fire area. Although full containment of the fire has been reached, area residents and visitors should expect to see smoke from smoldering stumps and vegetation on the forest floor for some time. Firefighters working in the interior of the fire are paying close attention to hazards including burned trees above and burning tree stump holes and root systems on the ground.
Reconnaisance of the Swinging Bridge and a foot bridge on the Western States Trail yesterday found that both bridges were burned by the American Fire. Additional reconnaissance of areas in the interior of the fire will continue to occur as personnel are able to safely enter the area.
With the Labor Day Holiday weekend upon us, Forest visitors are urged to comply with area and road closures. These closures are in place to protect visitors and fire fighters. The closed roads and areas 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.
Mosquito Ridge Road (FSR 96) will re-open at 8:00 a.m. today.
Resources: Total Personnel: 815
Hand Crews: 18 Engines: 39 Dozers: 3 Water Tenders: 23 Helicopters: 5
Closures: The following Forest Service Roads (FSR) on the American Fire area perimeter are still closed:
Deadwood Ridge Road (FSR 6149) from Foresthill Divide Road (FSR 0088) to the road’s end; Foresthill Divide Road (FSR 0088) from the intersection of Humbug Canyon Road (FSR 66) to Robinson Flat; and Flat Ravine Road (FSR 43) from Robinson Flat Campground to Mosquito Ridge Road (FSR 96).
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