20.3 mi
SSE of South Lake Tahoe, CA
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
32 mins, 54 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Sunday, July 4, 2021 11:57 AM PDT
AA-0CP B312 B316 B621 BC 13 BC 442 BC 512 BMHS DIV 51 ESC1 ESC2 H-401 H-405 PTL 715 SLIDE MT T-830 T-839
Dispatch Notes:
Resources on scene

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 4 hours, 52 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Tamarack Fire

The Tamarack Fire started as a lightning strike in the Mokelumne Wilderness on a rocky ridgetop with sparse fuels and natural barriers to fire spread. Friday, July 16 high winds caused rapid downslope fire spread. With this change in the fire, resources were quickly dispatched to the site. Additional resources were ordered, including very Large Air Tankers (VLAT), Single Engine Airtankers (SEATS) and helicopters. 

The Type 2 Great Basin Incident Management Team #3 assumed command of the fire on Sunday, July 18 at 6 a.m. transitioning to the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team on Tuesday, July 20. Many Federal, State, and Local government agencies as well as organizations and businesses are cooperating to make progress on the fire.

This is a full suppression fire. Public and Firefighter safety is the number one priority. Minimizing impacts to local communities, private property and structures, natural resources, highway corridors, and recreation improvements are key considerations.  Our intent is to keep you fully informed on the fire’s activities and our suppression efforts as the incident progresses.

 The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team has produced an interactive map so the public can see the Tamarack Fire location in relation to their address.  Please click here Tamarack Fire 2021 Interactive Map or use this url https://bit.ly/TamarackInteractiveMap

For the latest information on road closures, visit:   QuickMap (ca.gov) and https://roads.dot.ca.gov/
Evacuation related information can be found by clicking on the Announcements section above or below.  

Additional information can be found from these sources:

Tamarack Fire Information Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tamarackfireinfo

Twitter: @Tamarack_Fire

Videos of the Daily Operational Briefings for the public and future community meetings will be posted on the Tamarack Wildfire Official Information YouTubewebsite at: https://bit.ly/TamarackVideo

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Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Sunday, July 4, 2021 4:00 PM PDT
16 Miles south of Gardnerville, NV
Incident Commander:
Dan Dallas, IC
Bill Hahnenberg, Deputy IC
38.628, -119.857

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Tuesday, August 31, 2021 12:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Chaparral (6 feet)
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Significant Events:
Short Crown Runs
Uphill Runs

Fire is burning in mixed conifer, Pinyon Juniper and brush fuel types, with high rates of spread. Crowning, torching, and running fire behavior with short/ midrange spotting.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Branch I - Hold fire south of China Spring. Secure Hwy 395 slopover. Secure structures along Hwy 395, Topaz Ranch Estates, and Topaz Lake.

Branch II - Keep fire north of Highway 89, monitor pass between Hwy 395 and Hwy 4.

Branch III - Hold fire south of Hwy 88. Secure structures in Crystal Springs. Hold fire east of Rocky Spine Ridge.

Structure - Secure structures along Hwy 395, Spring Valley, and Holbrook.

Night Operations - Patrol and secure structures along Hwy 88 and Hwy 395. Conduct firing operations as conditions allow (BR I and III).
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Active fire behavior. Crown fire runs in heavy fuels.

24 hours: Continued active fire behavior. Fire spread is primarily backing and flanking to the south. Possible strong outdrafts from nearby thunderstorms may affect the fire.
Acreage estimated from FireWatch flight: 1319 7/24/2021

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Today's weather was mostly sunny. High Temps 79-89. Min RH 15-20%. Mostly sunny. Upslope 4-8 mph with NW 10-15 G25 late in the afternoon and evening mainly on the Nevada side. HAINES 5

Tonight-Clear with smoke. Min Temp 50-60. Max humidity around 35-45%. Localized downcanyon winds.

Sunday-Partly cloudy, becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms and gusty outflow winds. High Temps 79-89. Min RH 15-20%. Upslope 4-8 mph with WSW 10-15 G25 late in the afternoon and evening. HAINES 4

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information Line
Phone: 775-434-8629
Hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fire Unit Information
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431

Dispatch Contact

Sierra Front Interagency Dispatch Center | Minden, NV