American Fire Fully Contained

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American Fire at a glance (updated Wednesday, Aug. 28:

 - Location: Placer County, CA (Antoine, Manila and Screwauger Canyons, and Barney Cavanah Ridge)
 - Start Date: Aug. 10th, 4:35pm
 - Cause: Under Investigation
 - Best Known For: Smoke which poured into the Truckee Meadows shortly after it started
- Current Size: 26,004acres
 - Current Containment: 94 percent
 - Estimated Full Containment Date: Thursday, August 29
 - Injuries: None Reported
 - Total Personnel: 1,082
 - Resources: 22 Hand Crews, 65 Engines, 6 Dozers, 30 Water Tenders, 6 Helicopters
 - Structures Damaged/Destroyed: 5
 - Structures Threatened: None currently
 - Evacuations: None
 - Other Threats/Note: Mosquito Ridge Rd. closed from Ralston Ridge Rd. to Duncan Diversion Dam access road; Foresthill Rd. closed from Humbug Canyon Rd. to Robinson Flat Campground; Forest Rd. 43 closed from Robinson Flat Campground to Mosquito Ridge Rd.; Robinson Flat Campground and Duncan Peak Lookout closed
 - Cost to Date: Unknown


AUBURN, CA - United States Forest Service officials report the American Fire, burning in California's Placer County in the Tahoe National Forest, is fully contained as of Friday morning.

The fire started August 10th and has burned 27,440 acres. The cause hasn't been firmly established, but investigators said early on they believed the fire was human-caused.

Fire Status from Forest Service News Release: Hot spots well interior of fire containment lines continued to be detected and extinguished yesterday. Today, crews will continue this aggressive “mop-up,” which consists of seeking out and destroying hot spots in the fire area. Although full containment of the fire has been reached, area residents and visitors should expect to see smoke from smoldering stumps and vegetation on the forest floor for some time. Firefighters working in the interior of the fire are paying close attention to hazards including burned trees above and burning tree stump holes and root systems on the ground.

With the Labor Day Holiday weekend upon us, Forest visitors are urged to comply with area and road closures. These closures are in place to protect visitors and fire fighters. The closed roads and areas are unsafe due to several factors including: fire-weakened, burned trees that pose a risk of falling; burning holes in the ground from tree roots and stumps; and heavy smoke making visibility extremely poor.
These areas and roads will continue to be re-evaluated and will be re-opened as soon as possible.

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