American Fire near Foresthill Grows to 16,812 Acres
Updated Thursday, August 22: 6:30am
The American Fire has charred over 16,800 acres as over 1,822 firefighting personnel battle the blaze.
(The Robinson Flat Campground is closed. The Tahoe National Forest has issued a voluntary evacuation notice for Big Oak Flat. This area is located near the south end of the fire. The Mosquito Ridge Rd. is now closed at the intersection of the 43 Rd.)
The fire is situated outside the community of Foresthill , CA which is located northeast of Auburn.
The smoke from the fire has impacted air quality and visibility across a large area in both the mountains and Sacramento Valley. Air quality advisories have been issued.
The steep, rugged terrain along with very hot and dry conditions is making to difficult for firefighters to gain the upperhand on the blaze. Containment is down at 60%.
The weekend forecast is not expected to give much rest to the nearly 1,400 weary firefighters tackling the blaze. Heat and low humidity are forecast to blanket the area for at least several days. Temperatures in the region are expected to top out in the mid to upper 90's.
American Fire Status (8-22-2013)
- Deadwood Ridge, northeast of Foresthill
- Total Personnel 1,822
- Size 16,815 acres
- Percent Contained 60%
- Moderate to extreme fire behavior occurred over the fire area. The alignment of topography and the predicted weather patterns are contributing to fire movement