American Fire Continues To Grow…Now at 1,750 Acres

Foresthill, CA…The American fire is burning in heavy fuels on very steep slopes. The heavy fuels are creating large amounts of smoke The fire is located about 17 miles northeast of Foresthill in the Tahoe National Forest. Access to the fire is limited adding to the difficulty in fighting this fire. Firefighter safety is a concern.

Fire size is estimated at 1750 acres. The fire has burned across the North Fork Middle Fork American River and is burning both up and down the river drainage. The fire is being actively fought both directly and indirectly.

Multiple Forest Service and Cal Fire personnel are assigned to the fire. Currently 318 resources have been assigned including 18 crews, 16 engines, 4 helicopters, 5 dozers, 4 watertenders, and air tankers as available.

The Central Coast #7 Type II Incident Management Team has assumed managment of the fire.

Smoke is expected to impact Foresthill, Auburn, Nevada City, the valley and other areas for several days.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Saturday August 10th, 2013 approx. 04:30 PM
Location Deadwood Ridge, northeast of Foresthill
Incident Commander Dana D’andrea
Current Situation
Total Personnel 318
Size 1,750 acres
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber
Fire Behavior

Actively moving up and down NF MF American
Outlook
Terrain Difficulty

Very steep terrain
Remarks

Continue to fight aggressively with direct and indirect lines.
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 3-7 mph E
Temperature 87 degrees