American Fire Update 9-4-13
Incident: American Wildfire
Tahoe National Forest officials will share current information during the September 9, 2013 Foresthill Forum that begins at 7 p.m. at the Foresthill Veteran’s Memorial Hall.
Location: Northeast of Foresthill, California, in Placer County
Size: 27,440 acres Containment: 100 percent as of 8/29/2013
Resources: Approximately 260 personnel, including hand crews and those operating chippers, dozers, engines, excavators, and water tenders.
Start Date: 8/10/2013 Cause: Under Investigation
Crews continue to patrol the fire area to locate and eliminate hot spots near containment lines. Heavy fuel in interior areas continues to burn, particularly during warm and dry weather conditions, which are expected to increase as the week progresses.
Heavy equipment operators are repairing roads and firelines constructed with dozers.
Sawyers are cutting hazard trees from along main roads and chipping material left from suppression activities.
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team will soon finish recommending and prioritizing areas within the fire area to be addressed to protect resources such as soil stability and water quality.
A Forest Closure Order posted at www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe issued on August 30 remains in effect to ensure public safety during ongoing wildfire suppression efforts and suppression repair and rehabilitation activities.
o Potential hazards include the following:
§ Continued suppression and suppression repair efforts that mean extra traffic on narrow roads.
§ Active fire behavior within the fire perimeter, including burning ash pits.
§ Burned trees called snags with weakened root systems that could fall at any time.
§ Smoky conditions that fluctuate with pressure system and wind changes.
Landowners wishing to access the fire area should call 530-367-8020 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
People traveling on open roads near the fire area for recreation or other purposes may also experience extra traffic and intermittent smoke.