UPDATE AND CORRECTION 4:39 p.m.: The Tamarack Fire was not started on Friday, as previously reported, but was caused by a lightning strike on the 4th of July and rose in strength on Friday due to high winds.
According to Inciweb, the current information is as follows:
The 6,600 acre Tamarack Fire burned actively through the night and has consumed 6,600 acres. The fire continues to burn in a northerly direction backing towards Highway 89 south of Markleeville towards the Carson River. The fire is 0% contained.
Today, firefighters will continue to utilize aviation resources to support handline construction where they can safely do so to minimize the spread of the fire towards areas of unburned fuels and structures. In addition, structure protection fire engines from the local area with support from wildland fire engines will continue to suppress the fire as it encroaches into the community of Markleeville and the surrounding areas. A local hotshot crew will utilize suppression tactics to take advantage of natural barriers and areas of opportunity to increase the containment throughout the burning period. Additional suppression resources have been ordered and will be arriving throughout the day to support the firefighting efforts.
As per 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, & Poor Boy Road area, Wolf Creek Campground, Silver Creek Campground, ADDITIONALLY Sierra Pines, Upper and Lower Manzanita, Crystal Springs, Alpine Village, Diamond Valley Road and Hung-a-lel-ti are now under mandatory evacuations. “The Mesa” is under a voluntary evacuation (as of 3:00pm, 7/17/21) but conditions are changing fast. Please stay out of these areas to allow emergency personnel to do their jobs.
Highway 89 is closed at the intersection of Highway 4 and 89. Highway 4 is currently open west of the Highway 89 and Highway 4 junction. The public is reminded to drive with caution in the area as fire crews and equipment will be arriving throughout the day. Please refer to https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ for closure specifics.
With active burning throughout the night and predicted fire activity today, the Carson Valley and surrounding areas may be impacted by the smoke and light ash fall throughout the day and into the evening hours.
According to the Humboldt-Toiyabe USDA National Forest Service, Alpine Village and Woodfords are now being evacuated due to the Tamarack Fire, joining Markleeville which was evacuated yesterday.
The Tamarack Fire began Friday afternoon and quickly grew from 500 acres to 6,600 acres due to high winds and drought conditions in the California forests.