Focus shifts on American Fire |

Focus shifts on American Fire

Firefighting efforts on the American Fire have shifted from burning to patrolling and extinguishing any hot spots.

The fire was reported to be at 83 percent containment with the total acreage burned at 24,684 acres Monday.

The south, west and north perimeters of the fire remain in patrol status due to completion of fire lines and minimal to no hot spots being detected inside the fire line in these areas.

Crews have completed burning operations adjacent to the Mosquito Ridge Road, along the eastern perimeter. These burning operations have consisted of firefighters lighting low-intensity fire with the intent of reducing ground fuels between the fire perimeter and the main fire. This tactic was highly successful, as it reduced the potential of the main fire escaping containment lines. This eastern edge is now in mop-up status.

Now that burning operations are completed, these same crews will transition into detecting and extinguishing any remaining hot spots.

With increased containment of the fire, additional fire crews have begun work repairing areas affected by firefighting activities. This has included chipping material piled next to roads during fire line construction, as well as identifying needs to construct water control devices along fire lines throughout the fire area.

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Forest visitors are asked to adhere to area and road closures. These closures are in place to protect visitors and firefighters.

The roads and areas that have been closed are unsafe due to fire-weakened, burned trees that pose a risk of falling, as well as frequently heavy smoke making visibility extremely poor. These areas and roads will be re-opened as soon as possible.

There was a partial road closure of Mosquito Ridge Road from the junction of the Ralston Road, east to the junction of Forest Road 96-052 west of French Meadows Reservoir for public and firefighter safety. Recreational opportunities remain open in French Meadows and adjacent surrounding recreational areas. The voluntary evacuation has been lifted.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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