American Fire Increases by 1,000 Acres, Containment Remains 45%

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

American Fire at a glance (updated Sunday, Aug. 18th, 10am):

 - Location: 10 air miles northeast of Foresthill, CA along the North Fork of Middle Fork American River

 - Start Date: Aug. 10th, afternoon

 - Current Size: 12,950 acres

 - Current Containment: 45%

 - Cause: Under investigation

 - Estimated Containment Date: Unknown

 - Structures Destroyed: 3 Outbuildings

 - Total Personnel: 1,430

 - Resources: 41 hand crews, 48 engines, 36 water tenders, 19 dozers, 12 helicopters, air tankers as available

 - Best Known For: The heavy smoke settling in northern Nevada valleys

 - Other Updates: A Type I incident management team is taking over management of the firefight.

RENO, Nev. -- The American Fire, burning in California's Tahoe National Forest, grew about 1,000 overnight Saturday into Sunday, making the total estimated acres burned so far 12,950.

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RENO, Nev. -- The American Fire, burning in California's Tahoe National Forest, grew to 11,950 acres from Friday into Saturday, August 17th.

An official with the Tahoe National Forest says the wildfire is now 45% contained. Officials describe the fire's behavior overnight as "moderate."

Because of the fire's remote location in rugged terrain, a Type I incident management team was ordered and is expected to take over sometime this weekend.

About 1,400 people are working the fire, including 41 hand crews, 47 engines, 36 water tenders, 19 dozers, and eight helicopters. Air tankers are also used when they are available.


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