Tamarack Fire grows to over 6,000 acres, multiple highways in the area closed

by 24USATVJuly 18, 2021, 9 a.m. 21
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This story does not require a subscription because it deals with a matter of public safety. It is being updated throughout the day. Last update: 5:05 p.m. Saturday, July 17.

The Tamarack Fire, which sat at an estimated 500 acres as of Friday night, has grown to over 6,000 acres and closed multiple highways in the area, according to the Alpine County Sheriff's Office.

The lightning-caused fire, which is located near Markleeville, has been currently mapped by fire officials at 6,600 acres and containment information is not yet available.

According to Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest officials, the fire is active on all flanks and exhibiting high rates of spread as it burns timber and bush.

Air tankers are using fire to coat the vegetation to try to inhibit the fire’s spread as both ground and air resources work together to establish an anchor point around the flanks of the fire.

Highways 89, 88 and 4 are closed in the fire area. Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for Markleeville, Grover’s Hot Springs Park and Campground, Shay Creek, Markleeville Village and East Fork Resort.

Evacuees can report to the Douglas County Senior Center near Lampe Park in Gardnerville.

The public is advised to avoid the area.

Follow reporter Terell Wilkins on Twitter, @terelljwilkins, call him at 252-367-8463 or email him at [email protected]

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