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