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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. 7, 2021

Tamarack Fire Wildfire
News – 8/7/2021

Tamarack Fire Update 

Saturday, August 7, 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:  Smoke from the Dixie Fire has pushed over the Tamarack Fire area again today. Yesterday the smoke and haze from the Dixie Fire limited aerial operations due to poor visibility, but it also served as a shade that reduced fire activity. Firefighters were able to directly engage hot spots along the line and made good progress. 

Four helicopters remain on the incident today. The largest is a Type 1 Sea Knight recognized by its tandem rotors. It can carry 224 gallons of water per bucket. The smallest are two Type 3 AS350 “Squirrels,” capable of takeoff and landing in small areas. 

Total containment is 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. Two suppression repair groups are 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, especially along Pleasant Valley Road and Thornburg Canyon. 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. A hand crew is focusing on the western edge of Division K, mopping up and strengthening containment line. An engine is supporting the repair crew and watching for any hot spots, especially near communities. In Division O, engines and 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. 

Division A – One wildland fire module remains in this steep, rocky terrain. A second module will arrive tomorrow. Because protecting human life is the single overriding priority, firefighters are using a suppression strategy of confinement in this area. Helicopter reconnaissance flights, 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: Widespread smoke and haze continue today. The predicted high is 86 degrees, with relative humidity as low as 13%. Fuels remain very dry, but light winds are moderating fire behavior.  

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