Tamarack Fire

Last updated July 27, 2021 at 4:33 p.m.

Tamarack Fire is approximately 68,000 acres and is 54% contained. Nearly 1,500 personnel are working on the fire and more resources are on order. The objective for managing the fire is full suppression, and all efforts will be directed towards meeting that objective with public and firefighter safety foremost in mind.

Updates to the fire website (below) are being provided by the US Forrest Service twice a day. 

Fire Information
• Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7674/
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tamarackfireinfo/
• Twitter: @HumboldtToiyabe #TamarackFire
• YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCllqup_9I-v-O6woWUCATfA

• Fire Information Number: 775-434-8629
• Interactive Map: https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=bc56553d62774d338c025b4a9551a9aa

To watch daily operation briefings about the Tamarack Fire and/or videos put out from the Incident Management Team, visit their YouTube here.


Returning Home After Tamarack Fire - Safety Precautions
Mental Health and Fire Recovery 

Voluntary evacuations have been lifted for all residents in:
Topaz Ranch Estates, Topaz Lake areas, Spring Valley, and Holbrook areas. Residents are allowed to return to their homes.
Both evacuation centers are closed. If you or your family were affected by the fire and need additional assistance, please call 1-800-REDCROSS. Douglas County is continuing to provide resources to residents. Click here to view on online list.

Douglas County can only strongly recommend a voluntary evacuation; mandatory evacuations can only be issued by the governor in the state of Nevada. Although we can not make you leave your home, when dangerous fire conditions have potentially placed your home in the path of fire, we will send you an emergency alert to your phone. Fire conditions can be erratic and can change quickly. Should you feel unsafe, please leave your home. Do not wait for someone to come to your home to tell you to leave.

An interactive map has been created for residents to view the most up to date fire activity. Areas under evacuation orders are identified. Please note, not everything within the fire perimeter identified on the map has been damaged by fire and there is possible lag time between when the evacuation is ordered and when the map is updated by GIS. Interactive Map https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=bc56553d62774d338c025b4a9551a9aa

Damage Assessment Douglas County is currently conducting preliminary exterior damage assessments of structures including homes, outbuildings, wellhouses and barns in the areas where fire activity has been observed.
A preliminary survey of the area south of Leviathan Mine Road determined that 13 structures have been damaged or lost. During this first phase of damage assessments, teams consisting of Douglas County Building Inspectors and East Fork Fire Protection District will work with the County's GIS department to verify which structures and areas have been impacted and to notify property owners as soon as possible. To view more information of the initial damage survey conducted by East Fork Fire, click here.

How do I find out if my house or business burned down? Douglas County has assembled multiple teams consisting of Building Inspectors and members of the East Fork Fire Department that are on standby ready to assess the damage from the fire, once it is safe for them to go into the area. Once the damage assessments have been completed, if it is determined that a structure has been impacted, notification will be made by the Damage Assessment Team to the property owner.

All road closures have been lifted including the closure on Highway 395. The public is reminded to drive with caution in the area with fire crews and equipment. Please refer to http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ and https://nvroads.com/ for closure specifics.

Residents are allowed to return to their homes. 

Power Outage
For information on power outages, please visit NV Energy's website at https://www.nvenergy.com/outages-and-emergencies/view-current-outages

Power outages are anticipated in the vicinity of the fire throughout the duration of the incident. Please plan accordingly. Click here for How to Stay Safe Before, During, and After a Power Outage 

Air Quality
With active burning and fire activity, the Carson Valley and surrounding areas may be impacted by the smoke and light ash fall. As air quality conditions continue to change, please visit Air Now for the most current information.

Douglas County is not taking in donations at this time. The evacuation centers currently have enough to provide for the evacuees during their stay. The Douglas County Food Closet is also offering services to those in need or who have been displaced due to the fire. 

The Alpine Chamber of Commerce has set-up the following Go Fund Account, Tamarack Fire Assistance Fund, to assist the victims of this fire.

County Facilities
Douglas County Community and Senior Center: Effective Wednesday, July 21st Adventure Camp will be relocating to Gardnerville Elementary School. This change will be in effect at least through Friday, July 30th. Due to the use of the Community & Senior Center, program and class adjustments will be in effect. To find out if something has been rescheduled or cancelled, please call the Community & Senior Center at 775-782-5500 ext. 1. 

Douglas County Animal Services: Small animals can be taken to the Douglas County Animal Shelter located at 921 Dump Road, Gardnerville, NV 89410. Please call 775-782-9061 before dropping off an animal to make sure someone is available to assist you. If someone does not answer, the second number to call is East to West Coast Grooming at 775-450-1743. They are able to accept non-aggressive animals for temporary holding until such time as Douglas County Staff can transport them to the County Shelter.
Assistant with transporting animals? Call Douglas County Animal Services at 775-782-9061.

Food and Supplies
Carson Valley Community Food Closet is supplying those in need with groceries on a weekly basis for the foreseeable future. Items can be picked up at 1251 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV 89410 between 12:30pm and 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

You can also receive food and supplies at the Douglas County Community Center located at 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville, NV 89410.

Press Releases
July 20, 2021 Douglas County Tamarack Fire Preliminary #1
July 20, 2021 Douglas County Tamarack Fire Change of Livestock Evacuation Location and Opening of Second Evacuation Center 
July 20, 2021 Carson Valley Community Food Closet Extending Services to Alpine County Residents
July 20, 2021 Alert Voluntary Evacuations Issued for Leviathan and Holbrook Junction Areas
July 21, 2021 Voluntary Evacuations Issued for Topaz Ranch Estates and Topaz Lake Areas
July 22, 2021 Tamarack Fire US 395 Access and Escorts by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office
July 22, 2021 US 395 Access and Escorts by the Douglas County Sheriff's Office SUSPENDED
July 22, 2021 Evacuations Issued for TRE and Topaz Lake Areas Second Notification; Please Leave the Area
July 23, 2021 Douglas County Declares State of Emergency Due to the Tamarack Fire
July 24, 2021 US 395 Access - Road Remains Closed
July 24, 2021 Douglas County Assembles Team to Assess Damage from Tamarack Fire
July 25, 2021 Updated Information on Evacuations and Road Closures

July 26, 2021 Updated Information - Evacuations Lifted Spring valley and Holbrook Areas and Highway 395 Open
July 26, 2021 Flash Floods Warning Issued
July 27, 2021 Douglas County Providing Recovery Services to Residents Affected by the Tamarack Fire

We will continue to share information on the Douglas County and Douglas County Sheriff's Office social media platforms.