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Hundreds evacuated as Tamarack Fire to more than 50k acres | Evacuations, maps, updates

With weather conditions similar to the day prior, fire crews expect a second active fire day in a row with the possibility of more growth.

MARKLEEVILLE, Calif. — Friday's Tamarack Fire updates are at /article/news/local/wildfire/tamarack-fire-evacuations-maps-updates/103-3504a538-b5e7-41fb-8fe5-cc597db8f52b 

As the fire fight rolls into the nighttime hours, firefighters are engaging in structure protection around the Tamarack Fire, protecting homes and infrastructure in communities.

Thursday saw more extreme fire behavior.  Amid windy and dry conditions, the Tamarack Fire grew remains at 50,129 acres and just 4% containment, according to fire officials Thursday night.

More than 800 people have been evacuated due to the fire and over 500 structures are threatened by it, according to the Rocky Mountain Area Type 1 Incident Management Team. Crews have been able to contain the fire near the Carson River Road Corridor and portions of Diamond Valley Road.

Due to fire conditions, crews have expected the fire could grow more before Friday.

Firefighters said a spot fire from the Tamarack Fire also crossed U.S. 395 near Holbrook Junction in Douglas County Thursday afternoon. It's grew rapidly, to about 2,500 acres as of 4:10 p.m. 

For Wednesday'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
  • Topaz Ranch Estates
  • Topaz Lake areas

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. The church office is open M-F from 9-2. http://www.saintgall.org
  • Smith Valley High School, 20 Day Lane, Smith, Nev.

Animal Evacuation Center

  • Carson City Fairgrounds - large animals and livestock
  • Dressler Park, 23 Circle Drive, Wellington, Nevada - livestock

Road Closures

  • State Route 4 is closed from Ebbetts Pass to State Route 89
  • State Route 88 remains closed from Picketts Junction to the California-Nevada state line.
  • Route 89 is closed from the Route 88 Junction at Woodfords to the Alpine/Mono County Line.
  • Route 89 is closed from Route 395 to the Alpine/Mono County Line.
  • Monitor Pass/Route 89 in northern Mono County is closed
  • U.S. 395 is CLOSED from Route 108 to the Nevada State Line

Wildfire Map


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.

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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. 

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