American Fire Expands as Crews Fight the Flames

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PLACER COUNTY —

They call it the American Fire, but as smoke billows high covering the sky like a blanket it is anything but patriotic.

It started Saturday, seventeen miles northeast of Foresthill and grew overnight ripping through 800 acres by sun down on Sunday.

But steep terrain forced ground crews to relocate to a safe area while the fire was fought by air.

“The ground is not really good through here and there are a lot of deep narrow canyons it makes it hard to work the fire,” said Captain Jeb Pronto of the US Fire Service.

The US Forest Service requested five air tankers, three choppers, dozers and soon smoke jumpers to work the heavily forested terrain.

Crews are also preparing roads along the north and south end of the fire.

They are beginning to remove trees to start a back fire.

The US Fire Service says the fire could take a week before it is contained.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

No homes or structures are currently threatened.

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