UPDATE AND CORRECTION 4:39 PM: The Tamarack fire did not start on Friday as previously reported, but was caused by lightning on July 4 and intensified on Friday due to high winds.
According to Inciweb, the current information is as follows:
The 6,600 acre Tamarack fire burned actively overnight and consumed 6,600 acres. The fire continues to burn in a northerly direction backing up to Highway 89 south of Markleeville toward the Carson River. The fire is contained at 0%.
Today, firefighters will continue to use aviation resources to support the construction of handlines where they can safely do so to minimize the spread of the fire to areas of unburned fuels and the structures. Additionally, local area structural protection fire trucks with support from forest fire trucks will continue to extinguish the blaze as it encroaches on the community of Markleeville and surrounding areas. A local hotshot team will use suppression tactics to take advantage of natural barriers and areas of opportunity to increase containment throughout the burn period. Additional suppression resources have been ordered and will be arriving throughout the day to support the firefighting efforts.
According to the Alpine County Sheriff’s Department, mandatory evacuations are in place for the following areas: Grover Hot Springs, Shay Creek, MarkleeVillage, Markleeville, Carson River Resort and Poor Boy Road area, Wolf Creek Campground, Silver Creek Campground , IN ADDITION Sierra Pines, Upper and Lower Manzanita, Crystal Springs, Alpine Village, Diamond Valley Road and Hung-a-lel-ti are now subject to mandatory evacuations. “The Mesa” is under voluntary evacuation (from 3:00 pm on 07/17/21) but conditions are changing rapidly. Please stay out of these areas to allow emergency personnel to do their jobs.
Highway 89 is closed at the intersection of Highways 4 and 89. Highway 4 is currently open to the west of the junction between Highway 89 and Highway 4. The public is reminded to drive with caution in the area as firefighters’ teams and equipment will arrive throughout the day. Please refer to https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ for closing details.
With an active burn through the night and fire activity expected today, the Carson Valley and surrounding areas can be affected by smoke and light ash falling throughout the day and into the evening.
According to the USDA National Forest Service of Humboldt-Toiyabe, Alpine Village and Woodfords are currently being evacuated due to the Tamarack fire, joining Markleeville who was evacuated yesterday.
The Tamarack fire started Friday afternoon and quickly grew from 500 acres to 6,600 acres due to high winds and drought conditions in California’s forests.