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
Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tamarack Fire Update
Thursday, August 5, 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 Team 1 presented a Community Update on the Tamarack Fire last night. It can be seen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tamarackfireinfo or on You Tube at https://bit.ly/TamarackVideo.
Winds are bringing in smoke from other fires in the region. People may notice more smoke in the air today.
Current Situation: A red flag fire weather warning and fuel and fire behavior advisory are in effect today. Extremely dry and windy conditions continue over the fire area. Fuels like sagebrush, logs, and pinyon/juniper are extremely dry and fire activity has increased within the perimeter. Firefighters are making maximum use of aerial resources for reconnaissance and dropping buckets of water on hotspots. An additional helicopter is assisting with the effort today.
Total containment has been reduced from 82% to 78%. This change is due to more accurate mapping. The fire has not breached the line in any area and the goal remains full suppression.
The suppression repair group continues to work on priority areas to minimize impacts of fire suppression activities on natural and cultural resources. They are also removing hazard trees for firefighter and public safety. The BAER team continues to assess public lands to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources. When their assessment and recommendations are approved, agencies can take emergency stabilization measures before the first post-fire damaging events, like heavy rain or snow. Fires cause loss of vegetation and expose soils to erosion. This can increase potential for flooding, sediment, and debris flows.
Divisions K and O – The north and east edges of the fire are contained and in patrol status. Two hand crews, with support from helicopters, are focusing on the western edge of Division K, working to mop up and strengthen containment line. In Division O, two engines and crews are putting out hotspots near Spring Valley and Holbrook.
Division Q – This area has the most heat and is receiving the most wind at this time. There are a number of spots actively burning near the fire edge. Three hand crews and two engines are strengthening existing containment line and working to contain the remaining fire edge in the southwest portion of Division Q.
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 suppression strategy of confinement 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: Dry, windy conditions continue today. The predicted high is 75 degrees, with relative humidity as low as 11%. Winds are out of the southwest, with expected gusts up to 35 mph.
Closures, and Fire Restrictions: For closures and fire restrictions on National Forest lands visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/htnf/alerts-notices.