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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 Daily Update, Thursday, July 22

Tamarack Fire Wildfire
News – 7/22/2021

Tamarack Fire Update

Thursday, July 22, 2021 – 9:00 a.m.

Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team

Dan Dallas, Incident Commander

Information Phones: 775-434-8629 (public), 775-434-8110 (media only)         

Email: 2021.tamarack@firenet.gov

Information Staffing Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Current Situation:

There was active fire behavior yesterday afternoon with crowning, short crown runs and prolific spotting as the winds  built up. Fuels remain extremely dry. The fire grew about 10,000 acres yesterday to approximately 50,129 acres. It pushed to Hwy 395 and burned north and south along the highway but did not cross the highway. Active fire also pushed towards, but didn’t cross, Hwy 88 as firefighters were able to keep the fire south of the highway. Hwy 88 & 89 remain closed in the fire area to all traffic except incident personnel. A portion of Hwy 395 closed yesterday for firefighter and public safety.

Over 800 people have been evacuated and over 500 structures are threated. The fire in at 4% containment in Division K. The containment line is along the Carson River Road Corridor and portions of Diamond Valley Road.  There are over 1,200 personnel working on the fire and more resources are on order. Firefighting operations continued throughout the night. Night operations include structure protection and firing operations when conditions are right.

The objective for managing the fire is full suppression, and all efforts will be directed towards meeting that objective with public and firefighter safety as the highest priority. Uncontrolled fire with extreme fire behavior continues to be a threat to surrounding communities, public, and firefighters.

Branch I: Due to the complexities of the fire, Division Q was added to Branch I between Division O and Branch II. Division T. Active fire, with the potential of columns, is expected today as winds pick up throughout Branch I.  

Division O remains a high priority and faces significant fire behavior. Fire pushed aggressively to Hwy 395, but was held, and stayed west of the highway. Dozer and hand lines were reinforced and were supported with air support.   Spotting and rapid fire runs are expected again today. Fire pushed to the dozer line at Spring Valley, however work completed around structures is holding. Fire continues to move south towards Topaz Lake. Firefighters are looking for options to cut off the fire at the junction of  Hwys 89 and 395. Structure protection was fully engaged in the Spring Valley and Holbrook areas and around the Leviathan Mine. This work will continue today with some firing around structures.

Division K, crews made good progress along Hwy 89 and contained a segment of the fireline in the Carson River Road corridor and portions of Diamond Valley Road. Crews continue with direct and indirect lines, using dozers where possible, some areas are too rocky, so roads are being used. Some spotting occurred just north of the East Fork Carson River. Crews will continue construction of indirect line between Leviathan Road and Carson River. Structure work continues for the Washoe Indian Colony and the Diamond Valley Road areas.

Branch II:  On the south end of the fire, Divisions T and Z were minimally staffed with the Division Supervisor and Branch Director who continued to scout the area and identify options for direct and indirect fireline construction. As additional resources arrive, crews will begin to construct fireline in the area. The fire was active; it continued backing and flanking until it aligned with slopes and made uphill runs. Monitoring from the air will  continue.

Branch III: In Division F, on the northwest side of the fire, active fire continued yesterday with backing fire influenced by canyon slope alignment runs. Fire continues to back towards Hwy 88. Crews worked to secure the fireline and continued mop up. They have held the fire above the structures. Today, crews will continue to strengthen established firelines and hold the fire south of the Hwy 88. The structure protection group will continue to provide point protection in Sierra Pines, Woodfords, Mesa Vista, Markleeville and Grover Hot Springs, along with other structures in the division.

Weather & Fuel Conditions:

Yesterday’s weather was sunny with high temps of 78-89 degrees. Minimum humidity was 10-20%. Southwest winds of 10-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph are predicted for this afternoon and evening. The winds continue to be the driver of the fire with near-critical conditions again this afternoon. Fuels remain very dry and fire behavior will continue to be aggressive, with potential for high rates of fire spread. Weather will be mostly sunny today with high temps in the upper 80s and minimum humidity of 10-20%. Unstable conditions remain with a HAINES of 5 again today. The Haines index is used to indicate the potential for wildfire growth by measuring the stability and dryness of the air over a fire.

Evacuations, Closures, and Fire Restrictions:

The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the mandatory evacuation order for the Hung A Lel Ti Community.

For evacuation notice specifics in Alpine and Douglas Counties visit: https://www.alpinecountyca.gov/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=EVACUATION-INFORMATION-53 and

https://www.douglascountynv.gov/government/departments/emergency_management/current_emergencies/tamarack_fire__markleeville__c_a

Highway 395 is closed from China Spring Road to the NV/CA Stateline, and at 395 and SR208. Highway 89 is closed at the intersection of Highway 4 and 89. State Route 88 is closed in California. For road closure specifics visit https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ and https://nvroads.com/.

For closures and fire restrictions on National Forest lands, visit

https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/alerts-1069notices/?cid=fseprd573309 .

Temporary Flight Restriction (TRF): A TFR is in place over the Tamarack Fire. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Whenever a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information, visit http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Tamarack Fire Statistics:

Size: 50,129 acres based on infrared

Containment: 4%

Total Personnel: 1,219

Location: Markleeville, CA

Reported: July 4, 2021

Cause: Lightning

For More Information:

  Public Information Phone: 775-434-8629

Public email: 2021.tamarack@firenet.gov

Media Phone: 775-434-8110

Media email: mediatamarack@gmail.com

  InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7674/

  Facebook: www.facebook.com/tamarackfireinfo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tamarack_fire

Youtube: https://bit.ly/TamarackVideo 

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