American Fire Update 9-2-13
Incident: American Wildfire
Location: Northeast of Foresthill, California, in Placer County
Size: 27,440 acres Containment: 100 percent as of 8/29/2013
Resources: Approximately 450 personnel including 9 engines, 7 hand crews, 7 water tenders, 4 excavators, 3 chippers, and 3 dozers.
Start Date: 8/10/2013 Cause: Under Investigation
With full containment of the American Fire, California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 transitioned management of the fire to a local incident management team as of 6 a.m. on Monday, September 2.
Crews are patrolling the fire area to locate and eliminate hot spots near containment lines. Heavy fuel in interior areas continues to burn, particularly during warm and dry weather conditions.
Heavy equipment operators are repairing roads and firelines constructed with dozers.
Sawyers are cutting hazard trees from along main roads and chipping material left from suppression activities.
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has started work recommending and prioritizing areas within the fire area to be addressed to protect resources such as soil stability and water quality.
A Forest Closure Order posted at www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe issued on August 30 is in effect to ensure public safety during ongoing wildfire suppression efforts and suppression repair and rehabilitation activities.
o Potential hazards include the following:
§ Continued suppression and suppression repair efforts that mean extra traffic on narrow roads.
§ Active fire behavior within the fire perimeter, including burning ash pits.
§ Burned trees called snags with weakened root systems that could fall at any time.
§ Smoky conditions that fluctuate with pressure system and wind changes.
People traveling on open roads near the fire area for recreation or other purposes may also experience extra traffic and intermittent smoke.