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39.116 latitude, -120.646 longitude

Incident Overview

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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 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.

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Basic Information

Current as of
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 of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

10 Timber (litter and understory).

Significant Events

Good progress continues concerning mop up activites.


Planned Actions

Secure, mop-up and patrol in all divisions.

Projected Incident Activity



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

Unit Information

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Tahoe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
13120 Loma Rica Grass Valley California 95945
Nevada City, CA 95959

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