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Smoke fills the atmosphere along Foresthill Road near Foresthill on Friday, August 16, 2013. As firefighters try to finally contain a fire beyond Foresthill that has been lingering for a week in a remote area, fire and air officials say the real danger it has posed is in the air mountain folk breathe.

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Progress reported as firefighters work to secure lines around American fire

Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 - 8:26 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 2:29 pm

The American fire continued to grow today, but fire officials reported good progress toward corralling the blaze, which started Aug. 10 northeast of Foresthill in Placer County.

As of this evening, the fire was reported 60 percent contained with 17,796 acres burned. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Peter Frenzen said 17.6 miles of fire line remain to be built.

"The big news is we secured the piece near Devil's Gate on the south end and a small piece northwest of Grass Falls," he said.

He said the fire was very active today in the Antoine Canyon area, where it is burning in heavy vegetation.

It was not moving with great speed, Frenzen said, but it was consuming a tremendous amount of fuel and putting out heavy smoke.

Firefighters are focused on securing a barrier along the northeast corner of the fire. Full containment still is projected for Sept. 1.

Despite the smoke from the American fire, Frenzen said, the ash that was reported falling in communities around the fire area was not from the American fire, but from the Rim fire burning in Tuolumne County.

Among other Northern California fires, the Swedes fire, which started Aug. 16 southeast of Oroville is reported fully contained with 2,462 acres burned.

The Plumas lightning complex, 16 fires sparked by thunderstorms Sunday in the central and eastern portions of the Plumas National Forest, is reported 40 percent contained with 531 acres burned. All evacuations have been lifted and fire officials project full containment on Saturday.

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