Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431
Erica Hupp, Public Affairs Staff Officer
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fire Information Line
Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Media Information Line
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Tamarack Fire Update
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 – 9:00 a.m.
Sierra Front Type 3 Incident Management Team 1
Scott Stephenson, Incident Commander
Information Phone: 775-434-8629 (public and media)
Information Staffing Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Special Notes: Sierra Front Type 3 Team 1 assumed command of the Tamarack Fire last night. As part of their planning efforts, the operations section chiefs took a reconnaissance flight around the fire perimeter yesterday.
Current Situation: The fire is 82% contained. The remaining 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. The Incident Management Team is adding resources, including another module of wildland firefighters, helicopters, and engines, to help carry out its plan to strengthen containment line and actively assess options in Division A.
The suppression repair group continues to work on priority areas based on information from local resource advisors. Today they are working on hazard tree removal for firefighter and public safety. They will be flagging and moving in equipment along Pleasant Valley Road, then moving toward Poor Boy Road. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is assessing the landscape so they can recommend rehabilitation actions to prevent further damage to natural and cultural resources.
Branch I: Divisions K and O – The north and east edges of the fire are contained and in patrol status. Crews are focusing on the western edge of Division K, working to mop up hot spots. In Division O, crews are working near Spring Valley and Holbrook to ensure no heat remains near structures.
Branch II: Divisions Q and T – These two Divisions are now combined and will be called Division Q starting tomorrow. With containment complete, crews will mop up and patrol today. They are particularly focused on widening and strengthening the containment line in the southwest portion near the break with Division A.
Division A – One wildland fire module remains in this steep, rocky terrain. A second module has been ordered. Because protecting human life is the single overriding priority, firefighters are using a confinement strategy in this area. Accessible areas are staffed with a wildland fire module. UAS, 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 suppression tactics where feasible, with aircraft support.
Weather and Fuel Conditions: Today the trend toward drier and windier conditions continues. The predicted high is 82 degrees, with relative humidity as low as 17%. Winds are out of the southwest, gusting to 20 mph. A fire weather watch has been issued for Thursday.
Closures, and Fire Restrictions: For closures and fire restrictions on National Forest lands visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/htnf/alerts-notices. Grover Hot Springs State Park and Indian Creek Reservoir Campground remain closed to the public.