Friday, April 25, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

American Fire nearly contained; Rim Fire rages on

By
From page A1 | August 30, 2013 | Leave Comment

While the Rim Fire in Tuolumne County moved up to being the sixth-largest fire in California history, the American Fire near Foresthill in Placer County was expected to be contained late Thursday.

“The Deer Fire, burning in Tehama County, and the American Fire, burning in Placer County, are both estimated to be fully contained later today,” Cal Fire’s Daniel Berlant wrote in a daily update. The Deer Fire, at about 11,400 acres 10 miles east of Los Molinos, was 98 percent contained Thursday morning. The American Fire, in the Tahoe National Forest northeast of Foresthill, was 97 percent contained at about 26,200 acres.

Wednesday saw mop-up operations and detecting and extinguishing hotspots. An update to the U.S. Forest Service’s InciWeb Website noted that “this careful and methodical work resulted in several hot spots being detected within the fire’s perimeter. Additional areas of heat are expected to be observed as weather becomes warmer and drier. This on-going continued work is critical to ensuring the fire remains within established containment lines.”

Areas damaged by the fire are also being attended to, and may take some time, the update read. “This includes chipping material piled next to roads during fire line construction as well as identifying needs to construct water control devices along fire lines throughout the fire area.”

There were 1,001 personnel fighting the fire Thursday, with 22 hand crews, 57 engines, three bulldozers, 28 water tenders and seven helicopters.

Progress continued on the Rim Fire, now about 197,700 acres or 301 square miles, with 30 percent containment. It is the sixth-largest fire in the state’s history, threatening 4,500 structures with 11 residences destroyed. It has also claimed three commercial buildings and 97 outbuildings.

Wednesday night, “firefighters continued their burning operations near Duckwall Mountian and Pilot Peak, and will continue to construct a fire line north to Fahey Cabin, and provided structure defense. Firefighters prepared for burning operations south of Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite National Park,” an InciWeb update read. “Burning operations are also expected near Duckwall Mountain and near Old Yosemite Road. Crews will continue with burning operations as long as weather conditions allow, and will construct and improve fire lines and provide structure defense.”

The fire has worked its way into Yosemite National Park, forcing the closures of some campgrounds including Tamarack Flat and Yosemite Creek Campgrounds and some evacuations.

There are 4,840 personnel fighting the fire, which has so far cost $39.2 million and injured three people.

The causes of the fires remains under investigation.

Berlant provided updates on the 10 major fires in the state:

Cal Fire incidents

Deer Fire, Tehama County
10 miles east of Los Molinos
11,429 acres — 98 percent contained
Full containment expected late Thursday

Federal fires

Fish Fire, Tulare County 

U.S. Forest Service — Sequoia National Forest 25 miles northeast of Springville
2,050 acres — 25 percent contained

Little Fire, Riverside County
U.S. Forest Service — San Bernardino National Forest off Highway 74 near Lake Hemet
97 acres — 95 percent contained

Gobblers Fire, San Bernardino County
U.S. Forest Service — San Bernardino National Forest six miles south of Wrightwood
413 acres — 93 percent contained

Orleans Complex, Siskiyou County
U.S. Forest Service — Six Rivers National Forest six miles southeast of Somes Bar
21,217 acres — 45 percent contained

Corral Complex, Humboldt County
U.S. Forest Service — Six Rivers National Forest east of the Hoopa Indian Reservation
11,828 acres — 17 percent contained

Salmon River Complex, Siskiyou County
U.S. Forest Service — Klamath National Forest one mile west of Sawyers Bar
14,720 acres — 95 percent contained

Aspen Fire, Fresno County
U.S. Forest Service — Sierra National Forest near Huntington Lake
22,791 acres — 95 percent contained.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

.

News

Heard over the back fence: Advice offered writers

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

 
Big marijuana find in EDH

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Jury: Sanford guilty of murder

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Initiative seeks roundabout vote

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 2 Comments

 
Sheriff cracking down on Tahoe pot grows

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A3

 
Burn permits required May 1

By Cal Fire | From Page: A7

County backs task force to reduce human trafficking

By Chris Daley | From Page: A13

 
5 years prison for child porn

By News Release | From Page: A14

A victim tells her story

By Chris Daley | From Page: A14

 
.

Opinion

 
Income inequality

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 2 Comments

Billingsley’s Bullets: Marriage makes me laugh

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

What happened to ‘fair and balanced?’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 14 Comments

 
Red tape

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Is Ukraine in Asia, Europe or Latin America?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 20 Comments

 
Vote for Parlin

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

County and ‘Miwoks’ getting together

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Ray Nutting’s donation for DA

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 7 Comments

.

Sports

 
Brown leads Golden Sierra

By Rebecca Reddish | From Page: A9

Cougars 1, Grizzlies 1

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A9

 
Cougars capitalize against Union Mine

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Troy unpends Davis

By Brandon Anicich | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
El Dorado wins tri-meet

By Mike Bush | From Page: A9 | Gallery

D’backs drop the ‘Hammer’

By Mike Bush | From Page: A9

 
El Dorado spikers blank D’backs

By Mike Bush | From Page: A10

Roundup: April 23, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A10

 
On tap

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A10

.

Prospecting

Amazing production brings the curtain down for Pete Miller

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Things to do: April 25, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

Cool Beerwerks is very cool

By Krysten Kellum | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Placerville celebrates Earth Day

By News Release | From Page: B3

Handcar Derby to get pumping

By Folsom Handcar Derby | From Page: B3

 
IT presents a Reader’s Theater of ‘Our Town’

By Imagination Theater | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Enjoy spring with Steiner Road wineries

By Steiner Road Wineries | From Page: B4

 
Art and brew are a perfect pair

By News Release | From Page: B5

Spring cleaning is good

Press Release | From Page: B5, 1 Comment

 
Pinewood Derby rolls at Kniesel’s

Press Release | From Page: B6

The Sacramento Music Festival celebrates world-class music

By Sacramento Music Festival | From Page: B12

 
Oak Ridge Boys come to TJ’s Corral

By Carson Valley Inn | From Page: B13

Folsom hosts Spring Antique Fair

By Folsom Historic District Association | From Page: B13

 
Viviana Guzman performs at Petroglyphe Gallery

By Petroglyphe Gallery | From Page: B13

Pioneer Jews of the Gold rush

By Folsom History | From Page: B14, 1 Comment

 
Time to join the El Dorado Community Concert Association

By El Dorado Community Concert Association | From Page: B14

.

Essentials

.

Obituaries

Frances Estelle Gilluly Fraulob

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Dorothy L. Irvin

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Jeanine Rae Henderson-Hodges

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Thomas David Ewing

By Contributor | From Page: A2

John Lawrence Olson

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Jack O’Camb

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Wesley M. Nyquist

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

Spring statistics suggest slower sales

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

 
Time to spring outdoors and fix them up

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS7

Nation’s existing home sales remain soft

Press Release | From Page: HS20

 
.

Comics

Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A11

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A11

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A11

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A11

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A11

 
Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A11

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A11

 
Horoscope, Friday, April 25, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A12

New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A12

 
Horoscope, Sunday, April 27, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A12

Horoscope, Saturday, April 26, 2104

By Contributor | From Page: A12

 
.

Home Source

Spring statistics suggest slower sales

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Time to spring outdoors and fix them up

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS7

Nation’s existing home sales remain soft

Press Release | From Page: HS20