Sacto 9-1-1
August 15, 2013
UPDATE: Mining structure destroyed as American fire burns 5,420 acres

The American fire continued to grow today, and one mining structure in a historic area has been destroyed.

The fire, which began Saturday afternoon in the Deadwood Ridge area northeast of Foresthill in Placer County, was reported 35 percent contained this evening and has burned 5,420 acres.

Jane LaBoa, a public information officer with the U.S. Forest Service, said the mining structure that burned was in one of the area's historic mining districts, but officials have not disclosed the specific location.

The fire is not threatening Foresthill or other communities, and there have been no evacuations.

Effective Friday, an emergency closure order will be in place for National Forest System lands within and adjacent to the fire. A map of the closed area is available at Tahoe National Forest offices and online at

LaBoa said the closure area does include any campgrounds or major recreation spots. But people visiting recreation sites in Placer County and the Lake Tahoe area can expect smoky conditions.

A total of 1,226 people are currently involved in the firefighting effort. Officials said two minor injuries have occurred to date.

A 10,000-gallon water tank and 10,000-gallon mobile retardant plant to aid helicopter suppression activities have been established at the Blue Canyon Airport just south of Interstate 80.

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