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September 3, 2013
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American Fire management handed to local team

With full containment of the American Fire, California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 transitioned management of the fire to a local incident management team as of 6 a.m. Monday. The fire northeast of Foresthill was listed at 27,440 acres, with 100 percent containment as of Aug. 29. The cause remains unknown at this time.

Crews are patrolling the fire area to locate and eliminate hot spots near containment lines. Heavy fuel in interior areas continues to burn, particularly during warm and dry weather conditions. Heavy equipment operators are repairing roads and firelines constructed with dozers.

Sawyers are cutting hazard trees from along main roads and chipping material left from suppression activities.

A Burned Area Emergency Response team has started work recommending and prioritizing areas within the fire area to be addressed to protect resources such as soil stability and water quality.

A Forest Closure Order remains in effect to ensure public safety during ongoing wildfire suppression efforts and suppression repair and rehabilitation activities.

Potential hazards include the following:

Continued suppression and suppression repair efforts that mean extra traffic on narrow roads.

Active fire behavior within the fire perimeter, including burning ash pits.

Burned trees called snags with weakened root systems that could fall at any time.

Smoky conditions that fluctuate with pressure system and wind changes.

People traveling on open roads near the fire area for recreation or other purposes may also experience extra traffic and intermittent smoke.

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The Union Updated Sep 4, 2013 12:38AM Published Sep 4, 2013 12:38AM Copyright 2013 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.