Fires over 23,000 Acres Forces Thousands Evacuated

July 19, 2021

 by Sam Bishop

The latest in a string of what scientists say to be climate caused forest fires has led to the evacuation of several towns south of Lake Tahoe.

The newly named Tamarack Fire was believed to have been caused by a lightning strike which occurred over two weeks ago and has since exploded over the weekend to cover over 30 square miles (21,000 acres).

“Forced by gusty winds, critically dry fuels and low relative humidity, the Tamarack Fire exhibited rapid rates of spread and an increase in fire behavior throughout the day,”  according to local officials.

The massive fire enveloping the area is one of at least 80 major forest fires currently burning throughout the Western United States.

As of Sunday afternoon, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Service announced that the fire was zero percent contained. Over 500 fire fighters are working to battle the blaze after it jumped across the highway.

Over a half dozen communities have been evacuated due to the fire, including thousands of participants and spectators of a 100 mile alpine cycling competition known as "Death Ride."

Those who came to participate in the competition, which would have marked the events 40th anniversary, found themselves stranded in the town of Markleeville due to the fire as they were forced to flee the area.

Meteorologist warn that California will continue to face, "critically dangerous forest-fire weather" throughout Monday.

Across the region other fires continue to grow as the Bootleg Fire of southern Oregon expands to encompass over 450 square miles (300,000 acres) while growing at a rate of 5 miles per day. This makes it one of the largest wild-fires in the history of the state.

 

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