The American Fire, a fire that began on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. near Foresthill, grew to 12,950 acres as of 11 a.m. Sunday morning, and was only 45 percent contained at that time.
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“Burning in heavy fuels on extreme slopes about eight miles from the community of Foresthill,” the fire spread at Deadwood Ridge and “extremely dry fuel bed and steep slopes are contributing to control difficulty,” according to the incident report on InciWeb’s site.
The Placer County fire may soon affect El Dorado County residents as smoke patterns are set to change due to incoming thunderstorms.
“The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch beginning Monday morning, Aug. 19, through Wednesday evening, Aug. 21,” the report states. “Changing weather patters are likely to affect fire behavior and smoke dispersal patterns.”
The fire was listed as moderate overnight. A Type I incident management team is in transition with the existing Type II team. The fire continues to “burn in steep and hazardous terrain as well as timber fuels that have not burned in several decades.” Consumption of heavy fuels is causing heavy smoke in the surrounding areas.
While the fire’s size is immense, it has yet to threaten any populated areas, including Foresthill.
An emergency closure order is in place for part of the forest lands near the American Fire. A map and description of closed areas of the Tahoe National Forest can be found at fs.usda.gov/tahoe. Portions of the Foresthill Divide road are closed.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The estimated containment date is Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 12 a.m.