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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. 9, 2021

Tamarack Fire Wildfire
News – 8/9/2021

Tamarack Fire Update

Monday, August 9, 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: Total containment is 80%. 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, keeping the fire in its current footprint. With the clearer skies, helicopters can once again work in conjunction with ground forces and drop buckets of water on hot spots.

Two suppression repair groups are working on priority areas to minimize impacts of fire suppression activities on natural and cultural resources. Crews are repairing dozer and hand lines to prevent soil erosion and water channeling. They are also removing hazard trees. Hazard trees are those that are fire-damaged and likely to fall on a road or developed site, posing a threat to firefighters and the public.

Divisions K and O – Division K is now in patrol status. 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. Three hand crews working to strengthen existing containment line and contain the remaining fire edge in the southwest portion of the division. 

Division A – A second module of self-sufficient wildland firefighters is being added to this division. Because of the extremely steep, jagged terrain and the lack of fire movement, firefighters are using a suppression strategy of confinement in this area. Firefighters on the ground, supported by aircraft, are taking action to prevent the fire from moving out of its current footprint.  Helicopter reconnaissance flights, infrared mapping, and time-lapse cameras assist with observation 24 hours a day.

Weather and Fuel Conditions: Widespread smoke and haze continue today. The predicted high is 90 degrees, with relative humidity as low as 14%. Light, westerly winds are predicted. Fuels remain very dry. 

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

Tamarack Fire Statistics:

Size: 68,696 acres

Containment: 80%

Total Personnel: 322

Location: Markleeville, CA

Reported: July 4, 2021

Cause: Lightning

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