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Investigators: American Fire Human Caused; Air Quality Moderate

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Investigators say the American Fire, burning in the forest west of Lake Tahoe, was human caused.

As of Tuesday morning the fire had spread to 14,990 acres, while crews pushed containment to 54% overnight.

Officials say their greatest achievement Monday night was creating fire lines on the north side of the fire. They hope this will prevent the fire from spreading any further north which could affect several communities as well as traffic on I-80.

Tuesday they will focus their efforts on the southern area of the fire.

A voluntary evacuation remains in effect for the small community of Big Oak Flat. Crews hope to have the fire fully contained by Wednesday, August 28.

Further information on the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Duncan Peak Lookout and Robinson Flat Campground remain closed. The Placer County Sheriff has closed the Foresthill Divide Road beginning past the turnoff to Christmas Tree Lodge, which is northeast of Foresthill. The Tahoe National Forest has issued a closure order for the fire area that is posted on the Forest website at

The Washoe County Health District says the air quality is in the moderate range. Monday, it was in the unhealthy range.

It released this message Tuesday afternoon:

Unusually sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. Smoke from the American Fire in California continues to impact the Truckee Meadows. Although the particulate levels have decreased since yesterday, rapid changes in weather or fire activity could result in elevated levels of fine particulates. If you feel the smoke is affecting you, remain indoors with the windows closed and air conditioning on and reduce prolonged or heavy exertion while outdoors.

Visit for additional air quality information or call the Air Quality Hotline at 785-4110.

Starting Monday, August 26th, the Washoe County Health District Air Quality Management Division Service Counter will start closing at 4:30pm. It says an increase in AQMD customer activity requires that service counter personnel to utilize the last half-hour of the day to complete customer service activities and reconcile finances and deposits.

New Service Counter hours will be Monday - Friday, from 8am - 4:30pm at 1001 East Ninth Street, Building B., Room B-171 in Reno.

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