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UPDATE SUNDAY, 11 a.m .: According to the US Forest Service, the fire size has been revised to 18,299 acres and is still 0 percent contained. There is a red flag from 11:00 a.m. today until 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. Thunderstorms are forecast for this afternoon, which could lead to irregular winds in the fire area.

Even today, the fire fighters will actively suppress the fire where they can safely do so. Crews will focus on preserving life and property by point protecting structures and putting in containment lines when possible. Aviation resources are available to assist with water supplies when smoking conditions permit. The fire continues to affect the Markleeville community and the surrounding areas.

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations are provided for the following areas: Grover Hot Springs, Shay Creek, MarkleeVillage, Markleeville, Carson River Resort and Poor Boy Road area, Wolf Creek Campground, Silver Creek Campground, ADDITIONALLY Sierra Pines, Upper and Lower Manzanita, Crystal Springs, Alpine Village, Diamond Valley Road and Hung-a-lel-ti must now be evacuated.

Closures: Highway 89 is closed at the intersection of Highway 4 and 89. Highway 4 is currently open west of Highway 89 and Interchange 4. Please brake and drive around the area carefully as firefighters and equipment will continue to arrive and use the freeway to reach the fire. Details on the closure can be found at https://roads.dot.ca.gov/.

UPDATE: At 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Tamarack fire had burned 21,000 acres and was zero percent contained. The following areas must be evacuated: Grover Hot Springs, Shay Creek, MarkleeVillage, Markleeville, Carson River Resort and Poor Boy Road area, Wolf Creek Campground, Silver Creek Campground, ADDITIONAL Sierra Pines, Upper and Lower Manzanita, Crystal Springs, Alpine Village , Diamond Valley Road and Hung-a-lel-ti are now being evacuated. “The Mesa” is being evacuated voluntarily (from 3:00 pm) but conditions are changing rapidly.

Closures: Highway 89 is closed at the intersection of Highway 4 and 89. Highway 4 is currently open west of Highway 89 and Interchange 4. Please brake and drive carefully around the area as firefighters and equipment will be arriving throughout the evening. Details on the closure can be found at https://roads.dot.ca.gov/.
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UPDATE AND CORRECTION 4:39 p.m .: The Tamarack fire, as previously reported, did not start on Friday, but was caused by a lightning strike on July 4th and increased in strength on Friday due to strong winds.

According to Inciweb, the current information is as follows:

The 6,600 acre Tamarack Fire was actively burning through the night and has consumed 6,600 acres. The fire continues north, backing up Highway 89 south of Markleeville towards the Carson River. The fire is included at 0%.

Today, firefighters will continue to use aviation resources to assist in the construction of hand lines where they can safely do so to minimize the spread of fire to areas of unburned fuel and structures. In addition, local building protection fire engines, with the assistance of Wildland fire engines, will continue to suppress the fire as it penetrates the Markleeville community and surrounding areas. A local hotshot crew will use suppression tactics to use natural barriers and opportunities to increase containment during the burn period. Additional extinguishing agents have been ordered and will arrive later in the day to support the extinguishing efforts.

According to the Alpine County Sheriff’s Department, mandatory evacuations are provided for the following areas: Grover Hot Springs, Shay Creek, MarkleeVillage, Markleeville, Carson River Resort and Poor Boy Road Area, Wolf Creek Campground, Silver Creek Campground, ADDITIONALLY Sierra Pines, Upper and Lower Manzanita, Crystal Springs, Alpine Village, Diamond Valley Road, and Hung-a-lel-ti must now be evacuated. “The Mesa” is being evacuated voluntarily (from 3:00 PM, 7/17/21), but conditions are changing rapidly. Please stay away from these areas so that the rescue workers can do their job.

Highway 89 is closed at the intersection of Highway 4 and 89. Highway 4 is currently open west of Highway 89 and Interchange 4. The public is reminded to drive with caution in the area as firefighters and equipment will be arriving throughout the day. Details on the closure can be found at https://roads.dot.ca.gov/.

With active burning during the night and fire activity forecast for today, the Carson Valley and surrounding areas can be affected by smoke and light ash throughout the day and into the evening hours.

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