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The American fire is burning in a heavily forested area of very steep terrain on Deadwood Ridge, approximately 17 miles northeast of Foresthill in Tahoe National Forest.
Fire size is estimated at 800 acres, with heavy smoke making it difficult to obtain precise numbers. The fire has crossed the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River and is burning toward the Last Chance area. Firefighters are reporting a moderate rate of spread with short uphill runs. Multiple Forest Service and Cal Fire engines, crews, dozers, air tankers, and helicopters are at scene, with additional resources on order. Smokejumpers are being utilized. Efforts are being focused mainly on the Deadwood Ridge and Last Chance sides of the fire. Access to the fire is limited, and firefighter safety is a concern due to difficult terrain.
Five crews, 3 dozers, and 3 engines will staff the fire overnight, at the Last Chance and Deadwood Ridge fronts.
The Central Coast #7 Type II Incident Management Team is en route and expected to arrive Monday.