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Highway 395 closed as battle against Tamarack Fire continues | Evacuations, maps, updates

Fire conditions are expected to be active due to the dry, hot weather.

MARKLEEVILLE, Calif. — Fire crews continue to battle the Tamarack Fire, which has grown to approximately 43,900 acres with still no containment, according to InciWeb

Alpine County Sheriff's Office said it will once again partner with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office to escort evacuated people to their homes, fire-permitting, to obtain any important documents or pets. Residents can meet with law enforcement at the California-Nevada Stateline on Foothill Road. The escorts are taking place between 9:30 a.m. and noon and between 1 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21.

The evacuation center for large animals changed on July 21 due to preplanned events at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. All livestock and large animals will now be directed to the Carson City Fairgrounds.

With the slightly warmer temperatures and more dry conditions forecasted today, fire crews expect the Tamarack Fire to grow, especially in the northeast portion of the fire. 

Fire activity increased on the Tamarack Fire Wednesday afternoon with winds reported out of the northwest, according to the Tamarack Fire Information Facebook page.

The fire is still south of the CA-88 road and west of the CA-89 road, with crews continuing to work in this area to keep the fire from crossing the road.

A mandatory evacuation was lifted for the Hung-a-lel-ti Community for the Tamarack Fire, according to the Alpine County Sheriff's Department. Residents are encouraged to use extreme caution when re-entering the area. Additional evacuations are possible due to fire activity.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest also closed national forest system land due the wildfire. This includes all areas, campgrounds, trials and roads on the Carson Ranger district within the boundaries of the fire.

 “Predicted fire weather and fire behavior may be extreme,” said Deputy Forest Supervisor Jon Stansfield. “We are asking the public to comply with this closure and stay out of the area, so we can focus on suppressing the fire.”

For Tuesday's Tamarack Fire story, click HERE.

Accounts to follow:

Mandatory evacuations

The following locations and their surrounding areas are under a mandatory evacuation, according to Alpine County:

  • Markleeville 
  • Mesa Vista area
  • Grover Hot Springs
  • Shay Creek
  • Marklee Village
  • Carson River Resort
  • Alpine Village
  • Blue Lakes Road
  • Wolf Creek Campground
  • Silver Creek Campground
  • Sierra Pines
  • Upper Manzanita
  • Lower Manzanita
  • Crystal Springs
  • Diamond Valley Road

Evacuation Warning

  • Leviathan Mine Road
  • Holbrook Junction

Evacuation Center

  •  Douglas County Community Senior Center in Gardnerville, Nevada
  •  Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center, 3939 Carter Dr., Wellington,  Nevada
  • St Gall Catholic Church is offering fire victims help with clothing and household items. Church office is open M-F from 9-2. http://www.saintgall.org

Animal Evacuation Center

  • Carson City Fairgrounds - large animals and livestock

Road Closures

  • State Route 88 from Picketts Junction to the Nevada state line.
  • State Route 89 from State Route 88 to State Route 4
  •  Highway 395 
  • Pacific Crest Trail at California State Route 4 (Ebbits Pass) to California State Route 88
  • East of California State Route 88 to west of California State Route 4 to Monitor Pass on California State Route 98
  • North of Monitor Pass to U.S. Highway 395
  • West of highway 395 to China Springs Road back to Highway 88.

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WILDFIRE PREPS

According to Cal Fire, 2020 was one of the most severe fire seasons on record as 9,917 wildfires burned 4.2 million acres. Over 9,000 structures were destroyed, and 31 people (civilians and firefighters) were killed. 

California also experienced its first "Gigafire" because of the August Complex Fire, burning over 1 million acres by itself. Four of California's top five largest wildfires in state history happened in 2020. 

If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.

RELATED: Where are wildfires burning in the Golden State?

The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.

Some counties use Nixle alerts to update residents on severe weather, wildfires, and other news. To sign up, visit www.nixle.com or text your zip code to 888777 to start receiving alerts. 

RELATED: Are you wildfire ready? Here's what to do to prepare for fire season.

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