Tamarack Fire: Latest Evacuations, Maps, Updates
The Alpine County and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Offices have started offering a service to help residents get to their fire-threatened homes to collect important documents.
MARKLEEVILLE, Calif .– This morning, the incident management team primarily from Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota took control of the management of the response to the Tamarack fire, which began on July 4 and is burning near Markleeville, California.
the The Rocky Mountain Region Type 1 Incident Management Team said in a Facebook post that firefighters battled the blaze activity overnight, which held steady at 39,045 acres and a 0% containment percentage, as reported yesterday.
In addition to the crews fighting the fire and working to maintain the fire containment lines, the crews are working to protect structures specifically in the community of Woodfords, Markleeville and Grover Hotsprings, according to the incident management team. from the Rocky Mountain region.
The response team said they plan to have a virtual meeting at 6 p.m. on July 20 to discuss their progress in putting out the Tamarack fire for the day.
Alpine County and El Dorado sheriff’s offices have started help residents return home to collect animals, papers and emergency items. Residents can meet with MPs at the Mad Dog Café located at 290 Old Pony Express Way, Markleeville, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20. as long as the fire conditions allow them to reach a person’s home safely.
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The following locations and their surrounding areas are subject to mandatory evacuation, according to Alpine County:
- Grover Hot Springs
- Shay Creek
- Marklee Village
- Carson Beach Resort
- Alpine village
- Blue lakes route
- Wolf Creek Campground
- Silver Creek Campground
- Sierra pines
- High Manzanita
- Manzanita bass
- Crystal sources
- Diamond Valley Route
- Douglas County Community Center for Seniors in Gardnerville, Nevada
- Highway 89 is closed at the intersection of highways 4 and 89
- The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between Carson Pass (Hwy 88) and Ebbetts Pass (Hwy 4).
- SR-88 at the Nevada / California border to SR-89 at Pickett’s Junction
Forest fire map
WILDLIFE FIRE PREPARATION
According to Cal Fire, 2020 was one of the most severe fire seasons on record, with 9,917 wildfires burning 4.2 million acres. Over 9,000 structures were destroyed and 31 people (civilians and firefighters) were killed.
California also saw its first “Gigafire” because of the August complex fire, alone burning over a million acres. Four of the five largest California wildfires in state history occurred in 2020.
If you live in an area prone to forest fires, Cal Fire suggests create a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris is completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.
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The Ministry of Homeland Security suggests assemble an emergency kit containing important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to take with you if you have to leave at any time. The agency also suggests signing up for local alert system notifications and getting to know your community’s evacuation plans as well as possible to prepare yourself and your family for a forest fire.
Some counties use Nixle Alerts to notify residents of severe weather, wildfires and other news. Register, visit www.nixle.com or text your postal code to 888777 to start receiving alerts.
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PG&E customers can also subscribe to alerts by SMS, email or phone call. If you are a PG&E customer, visit the Profile & Alerts section of your account to register.
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