American Fire Update

This post was written by jd on August 26, 2013
Posted Under: Environment


August 26, 2013

We continue to have smoke here in Nevada County. The American Fire is now 81% contained but it has burned over 24,400 acres.

Fire Status: The south, west and north perimeters of the fire remainin patrol status. This is due to completion of fire lines and minimalto no hot spots being detected inside the fire line in these areas.Crews have completed burning operations adjacent to the Mosquito Ridge Road, along the eastern perimeter. These burning operations haveconsisted of fire fighters lighting low intensity (“cool”) fire withthe intent of reducing ground fuels between the fire perimeter and themain fire. This tactic was highly successful as it reduced thepotential of the main fire escaping containment lines. Now thatburning operations are completed, these same crews will transitioninto detecting and extinguishing any remaining hot spots.With increased containment of the fire, additional fire crews havebegun work repairing areas affected by fire fighting activities. This has included chipping material piled next to roads during fire line construction as well as identifying needs to construct water controldevices along fire lines throughout the fire area.Forest visitors are asked to adhere to area and road closures. Theseclosures are in place to protect visitors and fire fighters. The roads and areas that have been closed are unsafe due to fire-weakened,burned trees that pose a risk of falling, as well as frequently heavy smoke making visibility extremely poor. These areas and roads will be re-opened as soon as possible.

Hand Crews: 28 Engines: 79 Dozers: 13 Water Tenders: 35 Helicopters: 4

Closure Update: Mosquito Ridge Rd (FSR 96) remains closed from thejunction of Ralston Ridge Rd (FSR 96-023) to the junction of theDuncan Diversion Dam access road (FSR 96-052), west of French Meadows Reservoir. Foresthill Rd remains closed from Humbug Canyon Road (FSR88-066) to Robinson Flat Campground and Forest Rd 43 (Robinson FlatRd) remains closed from Robinson Flat Campground to Mosquito Ridge Rd.Robinson Flat Campground and Duncan Peak Lookout also remain closed. French Meadow Reservoir and access to the Oxbow Middle Fork American Rafting Launch put in remain open.

A Community Meeting will be held tonight, Monday, August 26 at 7 p.m.at the Foresthill Veterans Memorial Hall, 24601 Harrison Street,Foresthill.Forest Order No 17-13-06 has closed portions of the Tahoe NF on theAmerican Ranger District.http://tinyurl.com/mvx4w3c

Further information: American Fire Information (530) 367-8020, 8 a.m.to 7 p.m. www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe Follow us on Twitter athttps://twitter.com/Tahoe_NF www.inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3624 Forsmoke information: www.placer.ca.gov/apcd


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