September 24 2021 03:30 pm

Tamarack Fire containment grows to 45%; some evacuations lifted

Wildfire Watch

MARKLEEVILLE, Calif. (AP/KTXL) — Fire crews are battling a wildfire that’s spreading on both sides of the California-Nevada border.

The Tamarack Fire south of Lake Tahoe has burned 67,764 acres of timber and head-high chaparral in national forest land, and is 45% contained, according to Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

More than 1,600 firefighters are battling the Alpine County blaze, which has destroyed at least 23 buildings, including more than a dozen in Nevada.

Sunday, authorities in Alpine and Douglas counties ended evacuations in 15 communities, allowing nearly 2,000 residents to return home, the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Incident Management Team reported. Approximately 300 people remain under evacuation orders.

Monday morning, Highway 395 and Highway 88 were reopened. All highway closures are being reported by Caltrans.

The Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District tweeted a video of crews escaping an unpaved road surrounded by a fast-moving spot fire on Wednesday. They also tweeted a video of a firewhirl.

The following locations have been listed as evacuation centers:

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 fire sparked on July 4 and was one of nearly two dozen blazes started by lightning strikes.

For online resources and the latest information on evacuation orders, click or tap here.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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