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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 Aug. 2, 2021

Tamarack Fire Wildfire
News – 8/2/2021

Tamarack Fire Update 

Monday, August 2, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. 

Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team  

Dan Dallas, Incident Commander  

Information Phone: 775-434-8629 (public and media) 


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

Special Notes: The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team will transition command of the fire to the Sierra Front Type 3 Team 1 tonight. Both teams thank the local communities for their hospitality and assistance. 

Current Situation: Portions of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest currently have Stage II fire restrictions. With dry, windy weather returning today, please do your part to prevent new fires from starting. Campfires are prohibited at this time and smoking is limited to vegetation-free areas. Vehicles can cause sparks; ensure nothing is dragging from your car, truck, or trailer and park away from dry vegetation. Please use caution with target shooting. 

The fire is 82% contained. The rest of the uncontained fire edge is in Division A and is confined by natural barriers and limited fuels. Crews continue to patrol and mop up containment lines. Mop up is extinguishing residual fire near the perimeter to make sure it doesn’t spread outside of established containment line. Yesterday, infrared mapping guided firefighters to potential hotspots near Burnside Lake and the Hawkins Peak communication site.  

The suppression repair group continues to work on priority areas based on information from local resource advisors. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is starting on-the-ground assessment, validating information from satellites. This interagency team starts by looking for opportunities to protect soils and watersheds. Additional specialists will join them to support assessment of recreation, vegetation, archaeological, and geological resources. 

Branch I: Divisions K and O – The north and east edges of the fire are contained and in patrol status. 

Branch II: Division Q and T – With containment complete in these divisions, crews will patrol today. 

Division A – One wildland fire module remains in this steep, rocky terrain. Because protecting human life is the single overriding priority, a confinement strategy will be used in this area. Accessible areas are staffed with a wildland fire module. UAS and infrared mapping, and time-lapse cameras assist with observation 24 hours a day.  In the unlikely event the fire crosses established Management Action Points, firefighters will use appropriate suppression tactics where feasible, with aircraft support. 

Weather and Fuel Conditions: Today is forecast to be much drier and windier than the past week. The predicted high is 80 degrees, with a small chance storms could bring gusty outflow winds up to 40 mph. Tomorrow and Wednesday will trend toward warmer and drier weather, with high temperatures into the 90s. 

Closures, and Fire Restrictions: For closures and fire restrictions on National Forest lands visit Grover Hot Springs State Park and Indian Creek Reservoir Campground remain closed to the public. 

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