GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP/KTXL) — Fire crews are battling a wildfire that’s spreading on both sides of the California-Nevada border and prompting new evacuations.
The Tamarack Fire south of Lake Tahoe has burned 58,417 acres of timber and head-high chaparral in national forest land, and is 4% contained, according to Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
The fire erupted July 4 and was one of nearly two dozen blazes sparked by lightning strikes.
More than 1,300 firefighters were battling the Alpine County blaze, which has destroyed at least 10 buildings, forced evacuations in several communities and had closed parts of U.S. 395 in Nevada and California.
The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District tweeted video of crews escaping an unpaved road surrounded by a fast-moving spot fire on Wednesday. They also tweeted video of a firewhirl.
On Thursday the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team reported over 800 people had been evacuated, and over 500 structures were threatened.
In Alpine County, authorities are providing escorts for residents located in the fire’s evacuation area.
Friday from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m., the Alpine County and El Dorado County sheriff’s offices will provide escorts so families can retrieve pets, papers and emergency items.
The following locations have been listed as evacuation centers:
- Douglas County Community & Senior Center, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV
- Smith Valley High School, 20 Day Lane, Gardnerville, NV
Multiple highways in the area are closed to traffic. All highway closures are being reported by Caltrans.
The Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team has produced an interactive map that allows the public to track the Tamarack Fire’s location.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.