MARKLEEVILLE (CBS13) – The latest on the Tamarack Fire in Alpine County:
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The U.S. Forest Service said the Tamarack Fire has burned more than 39,000 acres as of Monday night and was still at 0% containment. More than 1,000 personnel were assisting in battling the fire, which was sparked by lightning back on the Fourth of July.
Crews were performing mop-ups around the Markleeville and Grover Hot Springs areas.
Evacuation orders remain in place for the areas of Blue Lakes Road, Mesa Vista, Markleeville, Grover Hot Springs and campground area, Shay Creek, Marklee Village, Alpine Village, Woodfords, East Fork Resort and the community of Hung A Lel Ti. Highway 89 is still closed at the intersection of Highway 4 and 89.
An evacuation shelter is also still in place at the Douglas Co. Community and Senior Center at 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville.
The forest service said afternoon thunderstorms brought rain and lightning to the area. Winds from those thunderstorms increased fire activity and pushed the flames northeast toward the California-Nevada state line and the US-395 corridor. Crews will be working through the night to prevent the Tamarack Fire from impacting the interstate and the surrounding area.
The California Office of Emergency Services released data Monday evening on how many people were evacuated due to wildfires in the state. Due to the Tamarack Fire, approximately 700 people in Alpine County were evacuated from their homes.
The Alpine and El Dorado County sheriff’s offices said they are providing escorts for evacuated residents to secure pets, papers and other emergency items. The escorts will take place from 4-8 p.m. Monday and future dates for additional escorts will be determined based on the current fire activity.
Anyone interested in the assistance is advised to go to Mad Dog Cafe at 290 Old Pony Express Way in Markleeville.
The Alpine County Sheriff’s Officer ordered more mandatory evacuations for the Mesa Vista area along Highway 88 near the California-Nevada border Monday afternoon. All residents and visitors are being asked to leave and avoid the area.
As of the afternoon, the Tamarack Fire has burned more than 23,000 acres with zero containment, according to the U.S. Forest Service. More evacuation information can be found below.
EVACUATION UPDATE: Alpine Co. Sheriff’s Office has ordered mandatory evacuation of Mesa Vista area due to the #TamarackFire. All residents & visitors should safely leave the area.
Evacuation shelter at Douglas Co. Community & Senior Center, 1329 Waterloo Ln., Gardnerville. pic.twitter.com/O640Rhcb3J
— Humboldt Toiyabe NF (@HumboldtToiyabe) July 19, 2021
New evacuation orders have been issued for the Tamarack Fire in Alpine County.
Per the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office, mandatory evacuations are now in effect for Blue Lakes Road.
An evacuation shelter has been set up at the Douglas Co. Community and Senior Center at 1329 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville.
As of Monday afternoon, the Tamarack Fire has burned 23,078 acres. No containment has been reported.
EVACUATION UPDATE: Alpine Co. Sheriff has ordered mandatory evacuation of Blue Lakes Rd. due to the #TamarackFire. All residents & visitors should safely leave the area.
Evacuation shelter set up at Douglas Co. Community and Senior Center, 1329 Waterloo Ln., Gardnerville. pic.twitter.com/Nvi8bUlOrM
— Humboldt Toiyabe NF (@HumboldtToiyabe) July 19, 2021
Previous day’s updates below:
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According to the U.S. Forest Service, evacuations were still in place Sunday evening for Markleeville, Grover’s Hot Springs Park and Campground, Shay Creek, Markleeville Village, the Poor Boy Road area, Carson River Resort, Sierra Pines, Upper and Lower Manzanita, Crystal Springs, Diamond Valley Road, Hung A Le Ti, Alpine Village and Woodfords.
Additionally, a closure of Highway 89 is in place at the intersection of Highway 4 and 89.
Several local fire agencies have been dispatched to a rapidly growing wildfire south of Lake Tahoe.
The fire jumped a highway and prompted more evacuation orders on Saturday as critically dangerous wildfire weather hit the region.
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest says the Tamarack Fire had burned more than 18,200 acres as of Sunday with zero containment. That number was downgraded from the 21,000 acres reported on Saturday night.
A Red Flag Warning is in place for the Tahoe Basin and Truckee areas until 11 a.m. Monday as thunderstorms and extreme winds are expected.
Late Saturday, crews from several Sacramento-area fire agencies were dispatched to help fight the blaze near Markleeville. Crews from Roseville, Sacramento, Folsom and Cosumnes fire departments were among those on a strike team.
Previous day’s updates
Saturday 6:55 p.m.
The Tamarack Fire has erupted to burn more than 21,000 acres with zero containment. The Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest said the flames continue to burn in a northwesterly direction west of Markleeville toward the Highway 89 corridor.
The California Highway Patrol said the fire has burned around 10 homes and was threatening around 200 more structures.
Mandatory evacuations remain in place for Markleeville, Grover’s Hot Springs Park and Campground, Shay Creek, Markleeville Village, the Poor Boy Road area and Carson River Resort. Evacuations were also ordered for Sierra Pines, Upper and Lower Manzanita, Crystal Springs, Diamond Valley Road, Hung A Le Ti Way, Alpine Village and Woodfords.
Alpine County confirmed at least two structures were destroyed by fire Friday night.
Crews in Alpine County on Saturday continued battling a fast-growing wildfire that forced more mandatory evacuations.
As of noon, the blaze, dubbed the Tamarack Fire, was estimated to have burned 6,600 acres near Markleeville and Pleasant Valley.
Mandatory evacuations were put in place Friday for the entire town of Markleeville, Grover’s Hot Springs Park and Campground, Shay Creek, Markleeville Village and East Fork Resort. On Saturday, more evacuations were ordered for Alpine Village and Woodfords.
The forest service said a windy Saturday afternoon contributed to high rates of spread of the fire to the northwest, west of Highway 89. Highways 88, 89 and 4 were closed in the area due to the fire.MORE NEWS: Tail Of Hope: Rehab Center Assists Dog That Was Paralyzed By BB Gun In Sacramento Backyard
The Tamarack Fire started on the Fourth of July due to lightning strikes, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The agency said it was being monitored daily before exploding in size Friday.