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Tamarack Fire

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431

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Tamarack Fire PM Update, Monday, July 19, 2021

Tamarack Fire Wildfire
News – 7/19/2021

Tamarack Fire Carson Ranger District (Monday, July 19, 2021 at 8 p.m.) • Acres: 39,045 • Location: Markleeville, California • Start Date: July 4, 2021 • Cause: Lightning • Containment: 0% • Personnel: 1,069 Current Activity: Efforts to use aircraft today get a more accurate acreage and location for the fire perimeter were unsuccessful due heavy smoke and afternoon thunderstorms that brought a small amount of rain to the area along with lightning. Wind from the thunderstorms increased fire activity, moving the fire to the northeast toward the California-Nevada state line and the US-395 corridor. Crews are working to prevent the fire from impacting US-395 and the surrounding area. Firefighters continue to mop up around Markleeville and Grover Hot Springs. Crews on the ground were assisted by helicopters providing water drops. Single-engine air tankers also dropped retardant to protect communications towers on Hawkins Peak. On the northeast portion of the fire, point protection around structures remains a priority for firefighters. Crews are working a night shift again tonight. Evacuations: Today, the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office ordered mandatory evacuations for the Blue Lakes Road area at 11:30 a.m. and the Mesa Vista area at about 3 p.m. Markleeville, Grover Hot Springs and campground area, Shay Creek, Marklee Village, Alpine Village, Woodfords, East Fork Resort and the community of Hung A Lel Ti are under still under evacuation orders. Closures: Highway 89 is closed at the intersection of Highway 4 and 89. Highway 4 is open west of the Highway 89 and Highway 4 junction. Please slow down and drive with caution in the area as fire crews continue to work. Refer to for closure specifics. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between Carson Pass (Highway 88) and Ebbetts Pass (Highway 4). Weather and Smoke: Temperatures are expected to warm up over the coming days. Carson Valley and surrounding areas can expect to continued impacts from smoke and ash fall. Individuals with compromised respiratory systems are encouraged to limit outdoor exposure, if possible. TFR: A temporary flight restriction is in place. Details can be found at Fire Information: • Inciweb: • Facebook: @HumboldtToiyabeNF #TamarackFire • Twitter: @HumboldtToiyabe #TamarackFire • Fire Information Number: 775-446-5438 Incident Management Team: Rocky Mountain Team 1 (IC-Dallas) was in-briefed today and will assume command of the fire from Great Basin Team 3 (IC-Bollier) tomorrow at 6 a.m. # # #