The Tamarack Fire started as a lightning strike in the Mokelumne Wilderness on a rocky ridgetop with sparse fuels and natural barriers to fire spread. Friday, July 16 high winds caused rapid downslope fire spread. With this change in the fire, resources were quickly dispatched to the site. Additional resources were ordered, including very Large Air Tankers (VLAT), Single Engine Airtankers (SEATS) and helicopters.
The Type 2 Great Basin Incident Management Team #3 assumed command of the fire on Sunday, July 18 at 6 a.m. transitioning to the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team on Tuesday, July 20. Many Federal, State, and Local government agencies as well as organizations and businesses are cooperating to make progress on the fire.
This is a full suppression fire. Public and Firefighter safety is the number one priority. Minimizing impacts to local communities, private property and structures, natural resources, highway corridors, and recreation improvements are key considerations. Our intent is to keep you fully informed on the fire’s activities and our suppression efforts as the incident progresses.
The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team has produced an interactive map so the public can see the Tamarack Fire location in relation to their address. Please click here Tamarack Fire 2021 Interactive Map or use this url https://bit.ly/TamarackInteractiveMap
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|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Sunday July 04th, 2021 approx. 04:00 PM|
|Location||16 Miles south of Gardnerville, NV|
|Incident Commander||Dan Dallas, IC Bill Hahnenberg, Deputy IC|
|Incident Description||This Incident Continues To Be Managed With A Full Suppression Strategy, However Steep Inaccessible Terrain In Division Alpha Necessitates A Suppression Strategy Of Confinement.|
|Coordinates||38.628 latitude, -119.857 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||82%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday August 31st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Chaparral (6 feet)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Fire is burning in mixed conifer, Pinyon Juniper and brush fuel types, with creeping and smoldering.
Branch I - Keep fire south of China Spring and west of Highway 395. Keep fire south of Highway 88 and east of Blue Lake Road. Continue right sizing organization.
Branch II - Keep fire north of Highway 89 (Monitor pass) and Hwy 4. Continue right sizing organization.
Structure - Secure structures in all Branches. Continue right sizing organization.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: Creeping fire with smoldering and limited potential spread.
24 hours: Creeping and smoldering fire with limited backing or flanking fire possible.
Acreage estimated from FireWatch flight on 7/29/2021 at 1322.
Steep rugged terrain in Division Alpha necessitates a suppression strategy of confinement. Perimeter in Division Alpha represents 18% of the total fire perimeter. The remaining perimeter (82%) has been fully contained.
Today's weather was partly cloudy. High Temp 76. Min RH 24%. Upslope winds 3-7 mph in the morning becoming SE 7 mph in the morning, increasing to SW to W 7-12 mph in the afternoon. HAINES 4, LAL 1 CWR 5%.
Tonight-Partly cloudy becoming clear. Min Temp 46-49. Max humidity around 60-65%. West to NW winds 7-12 mph G22.
Tuesday-Sunny. High Temps 77-79. Min RH 18-23%. Light upslope in the morning becoming SE to SW 8-13 mph G25. HAINES 5, LAL 1 CWR 0%.