20.3 mi
SSE of South Lake Tahoe, CA
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
11 mins, 5 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Sunday, July 4, 2021 9:00 AM PDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 9 hours, 48 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:
Scott Stephenson, IC
Tom Raw, Deputy IC
Incident Description:
This Incident Continues To Be Managed With A Full Suppression Strategy, However Steep Inaccessible Terrain In Division Alpha Necessitates A Suppression
Strategy Of Confinement.
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:
Single Tree Torching

Fire is in mixed conifer, pinyon-juniper, and brush fuel types with creeping, smoldering and single tree torching. Reduction in containment due to more accurate mapping.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Divs K & O - Keep fire south of China Spring and west of Highway 395. Keep fire south of Highway 88 and east of Blue Lake Road. Continue right sizing organization.

Divs A & Q - Keep fire north of Highway 89 (Monitor pass) and Hwy 4. Continue right sizing organization.

Structure - Secure structures in all Divisions. Continue right sizing organization.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Creeping fire with smoldering and limited potential spread.

24 hours: Red Flag Warning. Dry conditions with increasing wind and instability. Backing and flanking fire with uphill runs possible when in alignment with gusty winds. Widespread critical conditions possible Thursday afternoon. Winds will be slow to drop off Thursday night with another round of poor humidity.
Acreage estimated from FireWatch flight on 7/29/2021 at 1322.

Steep rugged terrain in Division Alpha necessitates a suppression strategy of confinement. Perimeter in Division Alpha represents 18% of the total fire perimeter. The remaining perimeter (82%) has been contained to 78%. 4% of the fire remains uncontained.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Today's weather was sunny. High Temp 88. Min RH 13%. Upslope winds 3-7 mph in the morning becoming SW 12-17 mph in the afternoon, G30 mph. HAINES5-6, LAL 1, CWR 0%.

Tonight-Clear. Min Temp 62. Max humidity 29%. SW winds 15-20 mph decreasing to 10-20 mph, G30 mph in evening then decreasing to 7-12 mph in late evening. Poor overnight RH recoveries.

Thursday-Sunny. High Temps 75. Min RH 11%. SW winds 7-10 mph, increasing to 17-22 mph G35 mph. HAINES 5, LAL 1 CWR 0%.

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