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The American Fire has reached an estimated of 7367 acres with 31% containment. Effective today August 16, 2013, an emergency closure order is in place for portions of National Forest System lands within and adjacent to the American Fire. A map and description of the closed area can be obtained at Tahoe National Forest offices as well as online at http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe
The American fire is burning in heavy fuels, on very steep slopes. Access to the fire area is limited.
The heavy fuels are creating large amounts of smoke. Smoke is a significant issue for the Sierra Foothills, Tahoe area, and Sacramento Valley. An air quality warning has been issued for Placer county. Those planning to visit area campgrounds and other recreation sites may experience intermittent heavy smoke. Smoky conditions may last for several days.
Fire officials are establishing an incident base known as a spike camp in the Greek Store area off of Mosquito Ridge Road to enable easier access to the southeast end of the fire.
A 10,000 gallon water tank and a 10,000 gallon mobile retardant plant to aid with helicopter suppression operations has been established at the Blue Canyon Airport just south of Interstate 80. PIO Kelly is available on site – 530-320-0361.
The fire is located about 10 miles northeast of Foresthill in the Tahoe National Forest. The fire has burned across the North Fork Middle Fork American River and is burning both up and down the river drainage. Last night the fire moved up Secret Canyon to Ford Point. The potential for fire growth is high due to the heavy fuels and steep slopes (up to 150 percent). One mining structure was destroyed and there have been two minor injuries todate.
The community of Foresthill is not threatened.