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Today the Smoke Over Scotts Flat Lake is Worse

This post was written by jd on August 13, 2013
Posted Under: Environment,Nevada County Information

 

Smoke over Scotts Flat Lake August 13, 2013. Taken from my deck 830 am. Photo Credit John J. O'Dell

Smoke over Scotts Flat Lake August 13, 2013. Taken from my deck 830 am. Photo Credit John J. O’Dell

The smoke over Scotts Flat Lake was even worse this morning than yesterday.  I was smart enough to close my sliding glass doors and turn on the air conditioner during the night. Some of my friends living in Grass Valley  left their windows open and woke up to puffed eyes and sore throats.

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.

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