Tamarack Fire containment reaches 82%
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. (KOLO) - AUG. 1 5:15 P.M. Containment of the Tamarack Fire has reached 82 percent, the U.S. Forest Service reported.
It remains 68,696 acres.
There are 582 personnel working on the fire.
Fire crews patrol and look for flare-ups and are suppressing fires when they start near the containment line.
Weekend storms brought snow and hail to the fire area, but the rest of the week is expected to be hot and dry.
JULY 30 7:30 P.M. Containment on the Tamarack Fire in Alpine and Douglas counties has increased to 79 percent, the U.S. Forest Service reported.
The fire is 68,696 acres.
The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office on Friday lifted evacuation requirements for Burnside Road and Burnside Lake.
Crews are repairing fire damage and they work to mop it up.
JULY 29 10 P.M. Containment on the Tamarack Fire grew to 65 percent the U.S. Forest Service said.
The fire is reported to be 68,696 acres. There are 813 personnel on the fire.
The fire is not estimated to be contained until Aug. 31.
JULY 28, 9:50 A.M. The U.S. Forest Service reports that the Tamarack Fire grew slightly in the last day to a total of 68,393 acres.
Containment is now 59 percent.
Fire crews are continuing to light backfires to prevent the spread, and rain has been helping to keep the fire from expanding.
Governor’s Sisolak of Nevada and Gavin Newsom are currently touring the fire damage area in Douglas County.
JULY 27, 4:05 P.M. The California Highway Patrol has announced that State Route 89 and State Route 4 in Alpine County, CA, will both reopen Wednesday.
The highways have been closed due to the Tamarack Fire. Drivers can use the highways for thru-traffic, but you will not be able to access U.S. Forest Service lands.
Authorities say there are still firefighters working in the area and utility companies are repairing lines destroyed by the fire.
There may be road closures in the area for up to two hours, with no advanced notice.
JULY 27, 9:45 A.M. Steady rainfall Monday night helped firefighters gain more ground on the Tamarack Fire. It’s now 54 percent contained after burning 68,103 acres.
Evacuations have been lifted for the Blue Lakes area, Holbrook Junction/Highlands and Spring Valley. The only remaining evacuations are for people living in the SR 4 corridor from Hwy 89 to Ebbetts and Burnside Lake area.
JULY 26, 1:30 P.M. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for areas in Douglas County recently burned from the Tamarack Fire.
Monsoonal moisture spreading north into the Sierra Front and western NV will produce slow moving thunderstorms across the region Monday. Recently burned areas from the Tamarack Fire along U.S. 395 and CA 89 are at risk, Douglas County officials said.
The Douglas County Storm Water division is mobilizing and staging equipment in the area. Residents should prepare for the possibility of road closures, and moving fire debris due to flooding.
There are two self-fill sandbag stations:
• Turn right onto Leviathan Mine Rd, (On the right-hand side of the road near the water tower, (Inside Fenced Area)
• Holbrook Highlands, off of Highland Way- (A quarter mile down the road, turn right onto Alba Vista at the end of the cul-de-sac.)
JULY 26, 12:30 P.M. Evacuations for the Spring Valley and Holbrook areas are expected to be lifted at 1 p.m. Monday, July 26. Evacuees will be allowed to return to their homes at that time.
Officials in Douglas County recommend residents who are returning home look over Tamarack Fire Evacuations Safety Documents.
Douglas County has also created a Mental Health and Recovery webpage for those impacted by the fire.
All road closures have been lifted and U.S. 395 is back open.
The Tamarack Fire has burned nearly 68,000 acres and is 45 percent contained.
JULY 25, 3:50 P.M. The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office announced that evacuations have been lifted for Diamond Valley Road, Carson River Road, Woodfords, Markleeville, Markleeville Village, Shay Creek, Grover Hot Springs and Campground, East Fork Resort, Crystal Springs, Douglas Way and Wylder Resort.
Mandatory evacuations are still in place for blue Lakes Road, Upper and Lower Blue Lakes Campground and California 4 corridor from California 89 to Ebbetts Pass.
California 88 is closed from the Nevada state line to Picketts Junction. California 89 is closed from California 88 to U.S. 395. California 4 is closed from California 89 to Ebbetts Pass.
People who return are asked to limit travel as much as possible and stay on their property.
They may need to evacuate again.
Do not interfere with fire crews.
JULY 25, 2 P.M. Douglas County said evacuations for the Topaz Ranch Estates and for Topaz Lake are lifted and residents can return to their homes.
Advisory evacuations remain for the Holbrook Junction/Highlands area and for the Spring Valley area.
Nevada 208 is open.
Douglas County expects all of U.S. 395 will reopen by Monday at 6 a.m., pending weather or fire conditions.
The county asks people to watch for first responders.
JULY 25, 1:45 P.M. U.S. 395 is open in south Douglas County from the state line to Nevada 208 at Holbrook junction, the Nevada Department of Transportation reports.
U.S. 395 remains closed from China Springs Road to Holbrook Junction.
JULY 25, 12:35 P.M. Lyon County said evacuation orders for Smith Valley have been rescinded. Lyon County does not expect any further evacuation orders due to the Tamarack Fire.
The evacuation center in Smith Valley for Douglas County residents is still in place.
JULY 25, 10:15 A.M. Containment on the Tamarack fire increased to 27 percent, the U.S. Forest Service said Sunday. The fire grew to 66,744 acres, about 1,500 acres more than Saturday morning.
For two days in a row firefighters directly engaged the edge of the fire on several fronts.
Fire crews hope to continue that progress today, with the U.S. 395 corridor and the southern edge of the fire as priorities.
Reduced visibility restricted aircraft involvement in fighting the fire, with much of the smoke coming from the Dixie Fire to the north. The area may see severe winds and thunderstorms this afternoon.
An estimated 2,289 people are evacuated.
California 89, California 88 and California 4 remain closed in the fire area.
People continue to fly drones in the area, which means firefighting aircraft can’t operate.
JULY 24, 3:54 P.M. A preliminary assessment shows the Tamarack Fire damaged or destroyed 13 structures south of Leviathan Mine Road, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported Saturday.
There were no breakouts on the types of structures burned or destroyed.
The sheriff’s office and East Fork Fire Protection District will verify the damage to the structures. Areas with known damage have top priority. Property owners will be notified as soon as possible.
Assessments will continue in areas south of Leviathan Mine Road and Holbrook for at least the next 72 hours.
Topaz Ranch Estates, Topaz Lake and areas north of Leviathan Mine Road were not affected by fire.
“This fire has presented some significant challenges like no other I have seen for some time,” East Fork Fire Chief Tod Carlini said in a statement. “The weather conditions and fuel density in most areas have led to some very erratic and dangerous conditions.”
NV Energy reports it will reenergize some lines in Douglas County that were turned off for safety reasons. More than 30 power poles were destroyed by fire and restoring power in that area will take longer, NV Energy said.
No evacuations have been lifted Douglas County, but these factors need to be considered before evacuations are lifted:
- Amount of fire personnel still working in an area and the type of work being performed.
- Damage to roads/guardrails, etc. that must be repaired prior to allowing public access.
- Removal of trees or large debris impacting the roadway.
- Damage to utility infrastructure that must be repaired prior to allowing public access (e.g., clearing power lines from roadways, replacing downed power poles, etc.).
- Public health considerations.
JULY 24, 2 P.M. Mandatory evacuations for the Tamarack Fire have been removed from the Mesa Vista area of Alpine County.
People must have proof of residency to get past the California 88 closure.
California 88 is closed from the Nevada state line to Picketts Junction. California 89 is closed from California 88 to U.S. 395. California 4 is closed from California 89 to Ebbett’s Pass.
U.S. 395 is closed in Douglas County from China Springs Road to the state line.
An estimated 2,439 people were evacuated before the Mesa Vista evacuations were lifted.
Fire management estimates the fire is 65,152 acres and containment remains 4 percent.
JULY 24, 9:15 A.M. The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office will escort residents back into the evacuation area of the Tamarack Fire to get pets, papers and emergency items.
The escorts will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 24.
Those interested in being escorted back in should go to Foothill Road at the Nevada/California state line.
Depending on fire activity, there will be escorts on other dates.
The U.S. Forest Service listed the Tamarack Fire as 65,152 acres on Saturday morning and said it was 4 percent contained.
There are 1,425 personnel on the fire.
JULY 23, 6:35 P.M. The northeast point of the Tamarack Fire where it crossed U.S. 395 continues to be the most difficult part, according to a fire briefing Friday evening.
Hand crews and aircraft will continue to stop the spread of the fire in that area on Saturday.
The winds have been from the southwest, which is why the fire pushed east out of Alpine County, Calif., but late Saturday afternoon winds could be from the northwest, which could push fire down the U.S. 395 corridor again.
There is a chance for thunderstorms on Sunday.
There is concentrated protection of structures in Douglas County and in the Woodfords areas.
Crews have been successful in holding the fire in the Holbrook Junction area and may do advance burning of fuels there to rob the fire of any place to grow.
The western side of the fire is largely unstaffed and is being monitored as the southwest winds are blowing the fire back onto itself.
The fire is fully contained in an area stretching from the Woodfords and Crystal Springs area to the east.
Incident Commander Dan Dallas said he warned of problems at the last public meeting and many of those problems arrived. But Dallas said he can offer some cautionary good news.
“Our plans for suppression of this fire are working,” Dallas said. “Slowly. But it’s working. On the days to come, you can expect more containment on this fire.”
And with increased containment, power lines can be reenergized, and people can move back into their homes.
“Things like that that tell you things are getting back to normal,” Dallas said. But he couldn’t offer a time when that will happen.
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest District Ranger Matt Zumstein also had an optimistic note.
“Progress is being made,” Zumstein said. “It’s tough to tell, but there are many small victories throughout the day.”
JULY 23, 4:15 P.M. A map released by Alpine County on Friday shows eight homes or doublewide trailers destroyed by the Tamarack Fire.
It also shows a commercial building and a motor home destroyed.
The map was still being updated on Friday.
It shows homes destroyed south of Airport Road, both east and west of Pleasant Valley Road, on Hot Springs Road and on Grover Spur A.
The destroyed commercial building is near Hot Springs Road and the destroyed motor home is on Turtle Rock County Road.
Five utility or maintenance buildings were destroyed.
Two homes were damaged by fire.
JULY 23, 3:20 P.M. Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday afternoon declared a state of emergency in Douglas County due to the Tamarack Fire.
“On behalf of the State of Nevada, I would like to thank all of our brave first responders, local government agencies, and nonprofit entities who continue to go above and beyond to assist our community during these trying times,” Sisolak said in a statement. “Now, more than ever we must stand united and use all our available resources to combat this growing threat in order to help our fellow Nevadans receive the aid they need.”
The declaration speeds response and resources from local, state and federal government to help during the emergency.
Douglas County declared a state of emergency on Thursday.
JULY 23, 12:45 P.M. Fire managers report they will be getting the assistance of Super Scooper aircraft to battle the Tamarack Fire.
The planes can refill their water tanks by skimming over a body of water. These aircraft will be based at South Lake Tahoe and will resupply from the lake.
JULY 23, 9:45 A.M. Douglas County has issued a State of Emergency as a precaution with the Tamarack Fire threatening to spread further into Nevada.
The Declaration will be submitted to the state, and will allow regional partners to more effectively manage the fire fight and the needs of the community.
The U.S. Forest Service reports that the fire is now 58,417 acres and is just 4 percent contained.
JULY 22, 9:25 P.M. UPDATE NV Energy is turning off the electricity line that provides power to the Coleville and Walker area at the request of the Tamarack Fire Incident Command Center.
There is no estimated time when power will be restored.
In a Thursday night update, fire crews said the Tamarack Fire continues to be active. Humidity will not help slow the fire overnight and light winds could also push the flames.
Crews are protecting homes and other structures.
JULY 22, 8:30 P.M. A second Nevada county is preparing for the spread of the Tamarack Fire.
Lyon County on Thursday night said the fire is pushing towards Smith Valley and people who live in the area need to prepare to evacuate.
Those places are:
Upper Colony Road; Lower Colony Road; Pit Road; Colony Estates Drive; Davis Lane; White Mountain Way; Ricky Canyon Circle; Wedertz Lane; Pinion Drive; Red Canyon Road; Day lane; Patrick Drive; Megan Street; Jason Drive; Jessica Way; Madison Drive; Grant Drive ; Artesia Road; Marney Lane; Landers Lane; Murphy Lane; Terrell Lane; Sharon Drive ; Longview Lane; Circle Drive; Norton Lane; Angelina Circle; Bucks CT.; Wild Peach Lane; Santa Sophia Dr; and Hunewill Lane.
In preparing to evacuate, people should make sure that medications, pet food, and important documents are packed, Lyon County said.
The Nevada Department of Transportation reported Nevada 208 is open but U.S. 395 remains closed from China Springs Road to the California state line.
JULY 22, 4:30 P.M. The spot fire from the Tamarack Fire that ignited across U.S. 395 near Holbrook Junction has now grown to 2,400 acres.
Fire fighters are battling that fire on the ground in conjunction with aircraft. The fuel conditions and wind are making the fire fight difficult.
JULY 22, 3:15 P.M. The Nevada Department of Transportation reports the Tamarack Fire has crossed U.S. 395 near Holbrook Junction.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office issued a second request for evacuations from the Topaz Ranch Estates and Topaz Lake areas.
JULY 22, 1:55 P.M. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says conditions on the east flank of the Tamarack Fire have changed, so Deputies have stopped escorting vehicles through the fire zone on US 395.
Traffic remains closed from China Springs to the Nevada/California stateline on Highway 395.
JULY 22, 1:00 P.M. The Douglas County Sheriffs Office is escorting traffic both north and south through the Tamarack Fire zone.
Residents will not be escorted to enter neighborhoods under evacuation orders, property which has been evacuated, or allowed to assess possible damaged areas.
The full closure of US 395 could resume if the fire danger worsens.
JULY 22, 10:45 A.M. The U.S. Forest Service now estimates the Tamarack Fire at 50,129 acres with 4 percent containment.
In a morning briefing, fire managers said their highest priority is the 395 corridor. The fire has made it to the highway, but the fire has not crossed it yet.
The area near Holbrook Heights at US 395 is a potential danger point today.
JULY 21, 10:45 P.M. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced voluntary evacuations for the Topaz Ranch Estates and Topaz Lake areas in southern Douglas County.
Smith Valley High School at 20 Day Lane in Smith is now serving as an evacuation center. Livestock can be taken to Dresslerville Park off Nevada 208. The Topaz Ranch Estates evacuation center has been closed by the Tamarack Fire.
U.S. 395 is now closed from China Springs Road in Douglas County to California 89 in Mono County.
JULY 21, 8:35 P.M. The Tamarack Fire has grown to 43,900 acres and pushed towards U.S. 395 in Douglas County, causing the highway to close.
The U.S. Forest Service said the fire is being held at U.S. 395 after moving into Nevada.
The fire, which started in California’s Alpine County, is not burning in Mono County but U.S. 395 was closed there as well and traffic rerouted east from Bridgeport to Nevada 338 and then north to Yerington.
The U.S. Forest Service expects extreme fire behavior and for the fire to spread to the north and to the east. Wind gusts of up to 35 mph are expected on Thursday.
There are 1,213 personnel on the fire. There is no containment.
JULY 21, 6:50 P.M. The evacuation order is lifted for the Hung A Lei Ti Washoe Tribe community in Alpine County as the Tamarack Fire burns towards Washoe Tribe land in Douglas County.
The Alpine County tribe members can return to their homes, Alpine County said I a statement.
Tribal Emergency Operations Center strongly discourages tribal members with special needs to return. Members return at their own risk.
The fire is not contained and they may have to evacuate again on short notice.
JULY 21, 6 P.M. The California Department of Transportation has closed U.S. 395 in northern Mono County from California 89 to the Nevada state line.
That is in addition to the closure of U.S. 395 in Nevada from China Springs Road to Holbrook Junction.
Caltrans is detouring traffic at California 182 in Bridgeport to Nevada 338, where drivers will have to go to Yerington and then head north.
JULY 21, 5 P.M. U.S. 395 is closed in both directions near China Springs Road in Douglas County due to the Tamarack Fire.
It is closed in both directions between China Springs road and Nevada308 at Holbrook Junction.
The Nevada Department of Transportation asks people to watch for emergency vehicles.
JULY 21, 9:45 A.M. Fire crews are making good progress as they work to contain the Tamarack Fire. It has burned 39,045 acres and remains zero percent contained.
The fire was very active along its perimeter Tuesday, but thanks to clear conditions, crews were able to use heavy air support to lay retardant.
Crews face extremely dry conditions on Wednesday.
The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office are escorting residents in the evacuation area to pick up pets, papers, and emergency items from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21.
Additional escorts on future dates will be determined by fire activity.
If you need an escort to your home, you are asked to go to the Nevada/California Stateline located on Foothill Road.
JULY 20, 8:45 P.M. Douglas County is issuing voluntary evacuations for all residents in the Leviathan Mine Rd. and Holbrook Junction areas. People living in these areas can go to the Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center as an evacuation site. Emergency warnings are being sent to cell phones followed by emergency personnel warnings.
JULY 20, 4:30 P.M. The evacuation site for large animals affected by the Tamarack Fire has changed from the Douglas County Fairgrounds to the Carson City Fairgrounds/Fuji Park in south Carson City at 601 Old Clear Creek Road.
The park cannot shelter small domestic pets such as dogs and cats.
You are asked to provide food for your livestock. It is also encouraged to bring water buckets if possible.
The Douglas County Community and Senior Center, located at 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville, is pet-friendly and remains an evacuation center for those with small domestic animals. It is located at 3939 Carter Drive.
Anyone wishing to evacuate who lives South of Laviathan Mine Road will be asked to go to the TRE Community Center.
Anyone Wishing to evacuate who lives North of Laviathan Mine Road will be asked to go to the Douglas County Community and Senior Center.
JULY 20, 3:40 P.M. Caltrans has closed State Route 88 from the Nevada state line to Picketts Junction due to the Tamarack Fire.
JULY 20, 11 A.M. Douglas County is urging residents to start preparing for potential evacuations due to the Tamarack Fire. Officials said Tuesday the fire could reach the following communities:
- Fredricksburg Rd.
- Foothill to Centerville Rd.
- Double Spring
- Leviathan Mine
- Pineview Estates
- China Springs
Officials are reminding residents to stay vigilant and have a plan in place in case of evacuations.
The following are set up as evacuations sites:
Douglas County Community and Senior Center (PET FRIENDLY)
1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV 89410
Douglas County Fairgrounds (LIVESTOCK FRIENDLY)
Pinenut Rd., Gardnerville, NV 89410
JULY 20, 10:45 A.M. U.S. Forest Service officials report the Tamarack Fire is zero percent contained. Nearly 1,100 personnel are working on the fire and more resources are on the way.
The highest priority for firefighters on Tuesday is to prevent the fire moving farther to the east. Structure protection crews will be doing preparations where needed in case the fire makes another push to the east.
Another high priority for firefighters is the west side of the fire as it burned overnight west of CA-89 and south of CA-88. Structure protection crews will be providing protection as needed in Sierra Pines, Woodford, and around other structures in the division.
For the latest information about pre-evacuation or evacuation notices, click here.
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JULY 19, 11:15 P.M. U.S. Forest Service officials are now reporting that the Tamarack Fire has grown to 39,045 acres. The most recent update does not show any progress regarding containment.
JULY 19, 3:20 P.M. The Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest has ordered mandatory evacuations for the Mesa Vista area, which is north of State Route 88 near the California - Nevada state line, due to the Tamarack Fire.
The evacuations also currently include Markleeville, Grover Hot Springs and campground area, Shay Creek, Marklee Village, Alpine Village, Woodfords, East Fork Resort, Hung A Lel Ti, and Blue Lakes Road.
The Douglas County Community and Senior Center at 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville is serving as the evacuation shelter.
Caltrans has reopened the portion of State Route 89, which will allow travelers to go from US 395 all the way to the junction of State Route 4 in Alpine County. State Route 89 remains closed beyond that junction due to the fire.
JULY 19, 8:45 A.M. The U.S. Forest Service reports that the Tamarack Fire has grown to 23,078 acres which is approximately 36 square miles.
Nearly 800 personnel are involved in the fire fight. Today, fire crews will continue building containment lines on the northwest flank to limit the fire’s spread towards Highway 88 and the Carson Canyon.
Fire crews are also improving the fire lines around Markleeville and mopping up hot spots in that area.
JULY 19, 7:40 A.M. Two structures are confirmed to have burned in the Tamarack Fire. Unofficial reports say there may be more.
A Red Flag Warning for the area has been lifted. Smoke in the area is impacting visibility.
796 firefighters are now part of the response.
The acreage is now at 18,299. There is still no containment.
JULY 18, 11:10 A.M. The Tamarack Fire is now listed as 18,299 acres with no containment.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect through 11 a.m. on Monday for the area. Lightning and erratic winds could accompany thunderstorms moving into the area.
There are 571 fire personnel reported working on the fire.
California 89 remains closed at its intersection with California 4.
These areas are under mandatory evacuations: Grover Hot Springs, Shay Creek, MarkleeVillage, Markleeville, Carson River Resort, Poor Boy Road area, Wolf Creek Campground, Silver Creek Campground, Sierra Pines, Upper and Lower Manzanita, Crystal Springs, Alpine Village, Diamond Valley Road and Hung-a-lel-ti.
There are no updated numbers are buildings that burned. The U.S. Forest Service reports two and the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office reports three.
JULY 18, 9:30 A.M. Sunday morning’s U.S. Forest Service update on the Tamarack Fire near Markleeville revised the size to 18,250 acres with no containment.
The Forest Service said the fire forced the closure of part of the Pacific Crest Trail from California 88 and Ebbetts Pass. People who do not comply with the closure face up to a $5,000 fine and six months in jail.
The fire is burning northeast of the trail near Raymond Peak.
JULY 17, 6:45 P.M. The Tamarack Fire in California’s Alpine County has grown to 21,000 acres or almost 33 square miles, the U.S. Forest Service reported.
There is zero containment. About 120 fire personnel are working on the fire.
Gusty winds, low humidity and dry fuels helped push the fire Saturday. It burned to the northwest west of Markleeville towards California 89. It crossed the East Fork of the Carson River near the East Fork Resort.
The Forest Service reports the fire destroyed two structures on Friday night.
Evacuation information: Mandatory evacuations are in place for Grover Hot Springs, Shay Creek, MarkleeVillage, Markleeville, Carson River Resort, Poor Boy Road area, Wolf Creek Campground, Silver Creek Campground, Sierra Pines, Upper and Lower Manzanita, Crystal Springs, Alpine Village, Diamond Valley Road and Hung-a-lel-ti. “The Mesa” is under a voluntary evacuation.
California 89 is closed at the intersection of California 4.
JULY 17, 3:45 P.M. The evacuation center for the Tamarack Fire has moved to th Douglas County Senior Citizen Center by Lampe Park in Gardnerville.
JULY 12, 2:50 P.M. Evacuation orders issued for Alpine Village and Woodfords as afternoon winds pushed the Tamarack Fire northwest in the area west of California 89, the Forest Service reported.
The Carson Valley could see heavy smoke from the fire.
JULY 12, 9 A.M. The Tamarack Fire continues to burn north towards California 89 south of Markleeville and towards the Carson River, the U.S. Forest Service reports.
On Saturday, air attack will support crews on the ground putting in fire lines to keep the fire from spreading towards home unburned fuel, the Forest Service said.
Markleeville, Grover Hot Springs and its campground area, Shay Creek, Markleevillage and East Fork Resort are under evacuation orders.
California 89 is closed Saturday morning.
There is no containment on the fire.
The National Weather Service has reports of ashfall in Carson Valley and said the area should expect degraded air quality.
JUNE 17, 9:05 A.M. The Tamarack Fire south of Markleeville burned overnight and this morning is estimated to be 6,600 acres.
The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office reports three structures lost. Evacuation orders remain in place.
California 88, California 89 and California 4 are closed in the fire area.
More crews are expected to arrive today.
The fire is burning in all directions in timber and brush.
JULY 16, 11 P.M. The California Department of Transportation has closed California 89 over Monitor Pass in Mono County due to the Tamarack Fire.
California 108 and Sonora Pass is an alternate route.
There is no timetable for when Monitor Pass will reopen, Caltrans said.
JULY 16, 9 P.M. The U.S. Forest Service reported these are the areas being evacuated due to the Tamarack Fire:
Markleeville, Grover’s Hot Springs Park and Campground, Shay Creek, Markleeville Village and East Fork Resort
Evacuees can go to the Alpine County School in Paynesville.
It asks the public to avoid the area.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention put the fire, started by lightning on July 4, at 1,600 acres. The latest Forest Service update lists it as 500 acres. There is no containment on the fire.
The Forest Service reports 50 personnel on the fire with more ordered.
A fire management team capable of handling a more complicated fire that threatens structures has been ordered.
The fire is burning in timber and brush and has spread rapidly. Air tankers were coating vegetation to inhibit the fire’s spread.
JULY 16, 8:20 P.M. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention pus the Tamarack Fire at 1,600 acres.
JULY 16, 7:55 P.M. There is a mandatory evacuation for Markleeville.
JULY 16, 6:51 P.M. The Tamarack Fire is now estimated to be 500 acres, the U.S. Forest Service reported.
It recommends people follow the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office for evacuation information. As of 6:50 p.m., the sheriff’s office had no evacuation orders.
So far two helicopters, a very large air tanker and single-engine air tankers are ordered or are on scene.
The Forest Service reported it is burning on all flanks.
JULY 16, 5:50 P.M. The Tamarack Fire has reached 100 acres, the U.S. Forest Service reports.
Crews are hiking in and aircraft to battle the flames have been requested.
ORIGINAL STORY: Fire crews are responding to the Tamarack Fire burning in California’s Alpine County south of Markleeville.
As of 3:45 p.m. on July 16, crews were still trying to reach the fire.
The U.S. Forest Service said no structures are threatened.
The Tamarack Fire started July 4 but apparently increased winds in the last few days stirred it up, the U.S. Forest Service said.
It is estimated to be 37 acres.
The Tamarack Fire is on Toiyabe National Forest land and it is separate from the Henry Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest.
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