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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. 15, 2021

Tamarack Fire Wildfire
News – 8/15/2021

  Tamarack Fire Update

Sunday, August 15, 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 remains at 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 in Div A with buckets of water on hot spots as needed.   The East suppression group completed its operations yesterday. The West suppression group continues to remove hazard trees from the Pleasant Valley Road and Thornburg Canyon. Hazard trees are fire-damaged and likely to fall on a road or developed sites. These trees pose a significant hazard to firefighter and public safety, road systems and infrastructure.  

Yesterday, the west repair group will finished removing hazard trees along Hot Springs Road. Residents in the Markleeville area will continue to see increased vehicle and truck traffic through the weekend.

  With recent thunderstorms, the Tamarack Fire has been assisting local initial attack with resources when requested and will continue to do so.   Divisions K, O, and Q – Divisions K, O, and Q have all been in put patrol status. Three engines and one hand crew will be patrolling the divisions for the unlikely chance there is a hotspot. Division A – One self-sufficient wildland fire module and two additional hand crews 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. Wildland fire modules will remain on Div A for the foreseeable future or until a season ending moisture event takes place in the area.
Weather and Fuel Conditions: Smoke and haze will continue today, with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. The predicted high is 91-94 degrees, with relative humidity as low as 18%. Fuels remain very dry.    Closures, and Fire Restrictions: For closures and fire restrictions on National Forest lands, visit:
Tamarack Fire Statistics: Size: 68,637 acres Containment: 82% Total Personnel: 347 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: