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The forest service estimates the fire size at 11, 950 acres with 45% containment and 1396 personnel dedicated. The American Fire burning in heavy fuels on very steep slopes about eight miles from the community of Foresthill, California has grown to 9,726 acres. Today the fire crossed the Foreshill Divide Road into the Whisky Hill area.
Effective 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
Heavy fuels are creating large amounts of smoke, which is a significant issue for the Sierra Foothills, Tahoe area, and Sacramento Valley. Several counties have issued air quality warnings, and those planning to visit area campgrounds and other recreation sites may experience intermittent heavy smoke. Smoky conditions may last for several days. Changing weather patterns are likely to affect fire behavior and smoke dispersal patterns.
Fire officials established 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.
No populated areas are threatened, including the Foresthill community, and full suppression efforts remain in progress. Firefighter and public safety remain the highest priority.