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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 12, 2021

Tamarack Fire Wildfire
News – 8/12/2021

  Tamarack Fire Update

Thursday, August 12, 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) Email: Information Staffing Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.   Current Situation: Total containment is 82%. 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. Helicopters will continue to support firefighters with buckets of water on hot spots as weather and smoke conditions permit.   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 fire-damaged and likely to fall on a road or developed site, threatening firefighter and public safety.  

On Friday, August 13, crews will begin removing hazard trees along Hot Springs Road.  Crews will be working between 7am. and 8pm.  In order to provide for public and firefighter safety, traffic will be controlled along the road, and motorists can expect possible delays of up to 30 minutes while crews remove trees from the roadway.  The project is expected to be completed no later than Sunday, August 15. Residents in the Markleeville area can expect to see heavier vehicle traffic starting today and through the weekend

Divisions K and O – Divisions K and O have been combined and are now in a patrol status. Two engines and a Type 1 hand crew will be supporting the suppression repair crews and watching for hot spots, especially near communities.  Engines and the hand crew will also continue mopping up as needed along the fire perimeter ensure containment near homes and structures.   Division Q – Two hand crews are working to strengthen the existing containment line and continue to mop up. . Division A –Two self-sufficient wildland fire modules and an additional hand crew are assigned to Division A. Because of the extremely steep, rugged 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 ready to act in the unlikely event the fire crosses established Management Action Points in the surrounding rocky terrain. Helicopter reconnaissance flights, infrared mapping, and time-lapse cameras assist with observation 24 hours a day.
Weather and Fuel Conditions: Smoke and haze will continue today, with light and variable winds in the morning.  15% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The predicted high is 93 degrees, with relative humidity as low as 15%. Fuels remain very dry.    Closures, and Fire Restrictions: For closures and fire restrictions on National Forest lands, visit:
Tamarack Fire Statistics: Size: 68,663 acres Containment: 82% Total Personnel: 403 Location: Markleeville, CA Reported: July 4, 2021 Cause: Lightning   For More Information: Public and media information phone: 775-434-8629 Public and media email: InciWeb: Facebook: Twitter: YouTube: Air Now: