Sen. McClintock requests State of Emergency declaration for Tamarack Fire


Senator Tom McClintock won ask a State of Emergency statement for the Tamarack fire is now burning on the California-Nevada border.

The Tamarack Fire is currently 58,417 acres with just 4% win. It started as a lightning strike in the Mokelumne desert along a rocky ridgetop with “rare fuels and natural barriers to fire spread,” Cal Fire said.

In his letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom, McClintock noted that the fire “exceeded 58,000 acres with little constraint.”

He said that “the fire is devastating in Alpine County, forcing evacuation, damaging property, and threatening infrastructure.”


McClintock noted that the region’s largest economic assets are its public lands, recreational opportunities and seasonal events “that have already been canceled due to the Tamarack fire.”

“As such,” he wrote, “a state of emergency statement is critical to ensure resources are rapidly deployed to respond to this devastating fire.”

McClintock ended by asking Newsom to declare a state of emergency and ensure that he does “everything” in his power to “provide assistance to the affected communities”.

In recent days, teams have tried to prevent the flames on the California-Nevada state line from crossing Highway 395, but on Thursday afternoon, fires that burned in southern Lake Tahoe exploded.

“Air resources estimated the spot at about 2,500 acres as of 4:10 pm,” the incident management team said in Facebook post. “Firefighters and planes continue to fight under exceptionally difficult weather & gas conditions.”

The Tamarack fire broke out in Alpine County near Markleeville, California and exploded to the size of last week during high winds were flames fueling a par landscape. The flames crossed in Nevada this week, the U.S. Fire Service said.

The fire is burning across a landscape that is bone-dry after two consecutive dry winters.

“As always, the concern is the continued hot, dry, windy weather, and that is really and has been the driving factor when it comes to the fire activity – especially when wind people line up with the terrain,” Tracy LeClair, a spokeswoman for the incident management team, said.



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