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Tamarack Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Erica Hupp, Public Affairs Staff Officer
Phone: 775-771-4777
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fire Information Line
Phone: 775-434-8629
Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Media Information Line
Phone: 775-434-8110
Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Tamarack Fire Daily Update Aug. 4, 2021

Tamarack Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 8/4/2021

Tamarack Fire Update 

Wednesday, August 4, 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 Note: With the dry, windy weather, please do your part to prevent new fires from starting. On public lands, 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. Park vehicles away from dry vegetation. When target shooting, bring a shovel and water to put out a fire, and place targets in dirt or gravel, away from vegetation. 

Current Situation: Extremely dry and windy conditions have moved over the fire area and fire activity has increased. A red flag fire weather warning goes into effect later tonight. People may see more smoke from fire burning within the perimeter. Firefighters continue to mop up hot spots and strengthen containment line. Aerial resources are positioned to drop buckets of water on hotspots that pop up in all divisions, including Division A.  

The fire is 82% contained. The remaining fire edge is in Division A and is confined by natural barriers and limited fuels. Bucket drops from helicopters yesterday supported ground crews in Divisions K and Q. Two engines are patrolling and responding to calls through the night and addressing any new starts outside the containment lines. The suppression repair group continues to work on priority areas to minimize potential soil erosion and impacts of fire suppression activities on natural and cultural resources. Additionally, they are removing hazard trees for firefighter and public safety. 

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 and strengthen containment line. In Division O, crews are working near Spring Valley and Holbrook to ensure no heat remains near structures. 

Division Q – Crews continue to mop up and patrol. 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 is on the way. Because protecting human life is the single overriding priority, firefighters are using a confinement strategy in this area. Helicopter reconnaissance flights, 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: Hot, dry, windy conditions continue today. The predicted high is 88 degrees, with relative humidity as low as 13%. Winds may gust up to 30 mph. Tomorrow’s forecast is cooler and drier. 

Closures, and Fire Restrictions: For closures and fire restrictions on National Forest lands visit

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