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INCIDENT UPDATED 9/17/2013

Approximate Location

39.116 latitude, -120.646 longitude

Incident Overview

Thank You Firefighters 8-24-13

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Fire Status: As of September 11 a local Type IV incident management team has been managing the American Fire which was contained on August 28. The fire remains active within the perimeter especially in the northeast area near Robinson Flat. Approximately 70 personnel are currently staffing the incident.

Closure: Effective August 31 2013 the Tahoe National Forest issued Forest Order Number 17-13-07 closing portions of the Tahoe NF on the American River Ranger District. Go to www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe for more information.

The closure order still in place because of ongoing hazardous conditions is being strictly enforced.

The following Forest Service Roads (FSR) along the American Fire area perimeter remain closed:

Deadwood Ridge Road (FSR 6149) from Foresthill Divide Road (FSR 0088)to the road’s end; Foresthill Divide Road (FSR 0088) from the intersection of Humbug Canyon Road (FSR 66) to Robinson Flat; and Flat Ravine Road (FSR 43) from Robinson Flat Campground to Mosquito Ridge Road (FSR 96).

All NFS lands trails or roads within the American Fire Closure Area including FSR 13 FSR 33 and FSR 44 and the Robinson Flat Campground continue to be off limits to everyone except incident personnel and other authorized individuals.

Violators are being escorted from the fire area and cited for driving around road closure signs and entering the closure area. There are still many hazards on and away from roads for the public (see the Safety News Release on the "Announcements" tab) and unauthorized visitors to the fire area present a serious hazard to firefighters within the fire area. Driving around and target shooting in particular will not be tolerated.

The closure order states "A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5 000 for an individual or $10 000 for an organization or imprisonment for not more than 6 months or both. 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559 3571 and 3581."

Arrangements for site visits are being made with individual landowners on a case-by-case basis. A closure order remains in effect for public access because of very hazardous conditions (see below).

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is expected to complete their report in the next few weeks which will recommend emergency stabilization measures within the fire area.

French Meadow Reservoir and access to the Oxbow Middle Fork American Rafting Launch are open.

Further information: www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3624. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/Tahoe_NF. For smoke information: www.placer.ca.gov/apcd.


Basic Information

Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginSaturday August 10th, 2013 approx. 04:30 PM
Location10 miles northeast of Foresthill.
Incident CommanderJeb Pronto

Current Situation

Total Personnel70
Size27,440 acres
Percent Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday August 29th, 2013 approx. 08:00 PM
Fuels Involved

10 Timber (litter and understory).

Fire Behavior

Increased afternoon winds combined with warmer and drier conditions over the past few days has resulted in increased fire activity within the fire perimeter, particularly in the far NE corner. Unburned pockets of fuel are being consumed by low intensity fire. Heavy fuels continue to burn in some interior areas of the fire. Smoke may again affect the community of Foresthill as interior areas of the fire burn.

Significant Events

Good progress continues concerning mop up activites.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Secure, mop-up and patrol in all divisions.

Growth Potential

Low

Terrain Difficulty

Extreme

Remarks

Acreage Breakdown (Box 15):SRA-5033(18%)FRA - 22407(82%).

Unit Information

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Tahoe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
631 Coyote St
Nevada City, CA 95959

Incident Contact

American Fire Information
Phone: 530-367-2224

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