A great night with a lot of progress made on the fire. With only 7.28 mile of open line, things are looking up on the American FIre. Firing operations last night completed burning ot the northeastern potion of the fire. With favorable conditions, crews were able to burn out from the Duncan Peak area and take the low-intensity fire down. Today, suppression repair is ongoing. Higher winds and temperatures are forecast for the daytime.August 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM
38 acres 70 % contained
Started near Empire Creek Circle and Hwy 193 in Georgetown, CA.
Most evacuations lifted on the Empire Fire near Georgetown.
Structures threatened, road closures in effect.
Greenwood Rd closed.
Closing Lower Main, Greenwood Rd, and Rolling Hills.
Progress being made on suppressing the fire, forward progress stopped per air attack, working on the flanks now.
23,729 Acres 67% contained
The south-west, west and north-west sides of the fire are in patrol status. Fire crews continued to improve and mop up interior of containment lines on the north and northeast sides of the fire. Weather conditions allowed crews to establish a back firing operation utilizing a low intensity burn to strengthen the containment line from the Mosquito Ridge Rd on the eastern side of the fire.
The fire has been established in Antoine, Manila and Screwauger Canyons for several days. The Barney Cavanah Ridge has fire traveling slowly along the ridge towards containment lines. These areas have no previous fire history and have not burned in more than 100 years. Consumption is in heavy fuels which are producing single and group tree torching with active smouldering and creeping in ground fuels. Crews have begun repairing areas damaged by firefighting activity. Due to increased containment excessive personnel are being released.