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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. 6, 2021

Tamarack Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 8/6/2021

 Tamarack Fire Update

Friday, August 6, 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.

Current Situation: Extremely dry and windy conditions tested containment and confinement lines throughout the fire perimeter yesterday. The lines withstood this challenge and were not breached in any area. Dry conditions with lighter northerly wind flow are causing smoke and haze from the Dixie fire to settle throughout Carson Valley and eastern Alpine County communities. Air operations may be limited today due to poor visibility.

Total containment remains at 78%. The strategy for this fire continues to be full suppression using a combination of containment in Divisions K, O, and Q, and confinement in Division A. Confinement uses natural barriers and limited fuels, with support from ground, aerial, and technological resources, to ensure the fire does not spread.

Firefighters are addressing hot spots inside the fire perimeter and strengthening containment lines. The suppression repair group is working 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. Night patrols continue to respond to calls and extinguish hot spots, as needed.

Divisions K and O – The north and east edges of the fire are contained and in patrol status. A hand crew is focusing on the western edge of Division K, mopping up and strengthening containment line. In Division O, crews are mopping up along the fire line and ensuring containment near homes and structures.

Division Q – This area currently has the most heat. Four hand crews and two engines will work today to strengthen existing containment line and contain the remaining fire edge in the southwest portion of Division Q. A new spike camp is supporting firefighters staying in the field in this area.

Division A – One wildland fire module remains in this steep, rocky terrain. A second module will arrive this weekend. 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 80 degrees, with relative humidity as low as 12%. Winds will be much lighter than in previous days.

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

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