MARKLEEVILLE, Calif. — More evacuation orders for the Tamarack Fire have been allowed to expire as fire crews continue to make great strides in getting things under control.
According to the latest figures from the US Forest Service, the Tamarack Fire has burned approximately 68,103 acres of land and is now 54% contained.
In Alpine County, beginning at 2 p.m., Monday, July 26, the sheriff’s office is allowing evacuation orders to expire for Hung-a-lel-ti, Mesa Vista, Diamond Valley Road, Carson River Road, Woodfords, Alpine Village, Markleeville, Marklee Village, Shay Creek, Grover Hot Springs and Campground, East Fork Resort, Crystal Springs, Douglas Way, Wylder Resort, Blue Lakes Road, Upper and Lower Blue Lakes Campground.
The evacuation orders for the Spring Valley and Holbrook areas were lifted 1 p.m. on Monday, with residents being allowed to return to their homes. All road closures were also lifted on the Nevada side of the fire, including the closure on Highway 395, fire officials said.
The US Forest Service says the Tamarack Fire was started by a lightning strike in the Mokelumne Wilderness on Friday, July 16.
- State Route 4 corridor from the junction with State Route 89 to Ebbetts
The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office warns that additional evacuations are still possible due to a flash flood watch that is in effect from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 26.
- State Route 89 from the junction of Highway 88 to Highway 395
- State Route 4 from the junction of State Route 89 to Ebbetts Pass
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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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