UPDATE 6:00pm – MANDATORY EVACUATIONS ORDERED FOR MARKLEE VILLAGE, GROVER HOT SPRINGS AND STATE PARK FACILITIES IN THE AREA. Hot Springs Rd is being closed down by CHP.

Alpine county Ca, July 16 2021 – The Tamarack fire near Blue lake sin alpine county started the fourth of July weekend and was thought to be under control but sparked up today from high winds and weather conditions.

Now at at least 100 acres the fire is burning hard tonight and fire fighters are hiking into the fire. Smoke plumes can be seen as far away as Reno and smoke is filling the carson valley in Nevada.

The #TamarackFire burning in the Mokelumne wilderness was ignited July 4 from lightning. The tactical management decision is not to insert fire crews due to safety concerns, however, this is not an unresponsive approach. Smoke might be visible to Pacific Crest Trail hikers but the .25 acre fire is surrounded by granite rocks, a small lake and sparse fuels. Fire poses no threat to the public, infrastructure or resource values.

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