American Fire Grows, Mining Structure Destroyed

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Shot of the fire captured by a Cal Fire photographer.

PLACER COUNTY—

The American Fire burning northeast of Foresthill continues to grow, but crews are starting to get a handle on the inferno.

As of Thursday night, the fire has burned 5,420 acres. Containment now stands at 35%.

Access to the fire has been limited due to steep slopes in the area, hindering firefighting efforts.

Effective Friday, areas within and near the American Fire will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety as crews continue to fight the inferno, the U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday.

A mining structure in the path of the fire has been destroyed, according to the Tahoe National Forest. The area where the fire is burning has a few historic mines from California’s Gold Rush days.

Due to the heavy fuels supplying the fire, smoke continues to be a concern for the surrounding area.

Officials predict that the fire will continue to grow, and no estimated time of full containment has been given. Authorities are still investigating what caused the fire.

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