Sacto 9-1-1
August 13, 2013
Update: American Fire north of Foresthill grows to 1,750 acres

fire.JPGJanelle Bitker

Crews continue to work to get a line around a fire that has burned approximately 1,750 acres in a heavily forested area north of Foresthill in Placer County.

The American Fire, which started about 4:30 p.m. Saturday on Deadwood Ridge about 17 miles northeast of Foresthill, has not threatened any communities and there have been no evacuations, according to an updated incident report today at 8:15 a.m. The fire is still moving north toward the historic community of Last Chance. Firefighters are working to protect cultural resources.

Forty people were added to the firefighting effort since Monday night, bringing the crew total up to 318 people. Multiple Forest Service and Cal Fire engines, air tankers, helicopters and smokejumpers are being utilized, with more resources on order.

Heavy smoke is expected to blow through Foresthill, Auburn, Nevada City and the valley for the next several days.

The cause of the fire in under investigation.

PHOTO CAPTION: Health district officials in Reno and Carson City are closely monitoring air quality concerns after a smoky haze the quality level into the "moderate" zone along the eastern Sierra front on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, as the result of a wildfire burning in the Tahoe National Forest more than 60 miles to the west. Scott Sonner/AP

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