Firefighters prevent Tamarack Fire from crossing SR-88; US 395 closed
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif .– Firefighters were successful throughout the day to prevent the Tamarack fire from crossing California State Route 88 in Woodfords.
In a Wednesday night update, officials said fire activity increased in the afternoon due to gusty northwesterly winds, but the blaze remained south of SR- 88. The firefighting teams will remain on site to continue this battle.
SR-88 remains closed to through traffic from the summit of Woodfords Canyon to Gardnerville.
To the east, the uncontrolled fire raged through Nevada and Douglas County and forced the closure of US Highway 395.
“Due to increased fire traffic and firefighters working in the area, Highway 395 has been closed,” a statement said.
The fire reached a bulldozer line behind the Spring Valley Subdivision and flames are visible from the highway.
Teams established an indirect line of fire as a means of protecting structures along the highway, according to the update.
Firefighters prepare to rescue structures along Highway 395.
The fire spread to 43,900 acres according to the InciWeb incident information system.
There are over 1,200 staff fighting the fire from multiple agencies.
The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office has lifted the order to evacuate the Hung A Lel Ti community. The office said the notification only applies to tribal members.
“For now, the people of Hung A Lel Ti can choose to start returning home,” the statement said. “However, if you have left your hotel, you will not be able to return to the hotel. Please notify the EOC by phone or text at 775-430-0345.
As Liberty Utilities restored power to the community, the company said security outages or other power outages could occur at any time.
Liberty also began to rebuild the electrical infrastructure of Markleeville, Hope Valley, Woodfords and surrounding areas.
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest has closed all Carson Ranger District areas, campgrounds, trails and roads within the boundaries of the fire and is asking the public to stay away.
“The weather forecast and fire behavior can be extreme,” said Assistant Forestry Supervisor Jon Stansfield. “We are asking the public to comply with this closure and to stay out of the area, so that we can focus on suppressing the fire.”
The closure will remain in effect until the forest service determines the area is safe.
Officials expect the fire to be very active around the next day with high rates of spread mainly to the north and east.
For more information on the Tamarack fire, visit the links below or call the fire information line at 775-434-8629:
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