The growth of the Markleeville area fire has slowed a little bit. At 7pm last night the fire was at 23,078 acres in size and very little of it contained.
The lightning-caused Tamarack Fire is burning roughly 30 miles south of South Lake Tahoe near Markleeville. Firefighters still have no containment as of Monday morning.
The U.S. Forest Service said in an update that the fire has grown to 23,078 acres. The USFS reported that a mapping flight will be conducted to provide more accurate information about the size as soon as conditions allow it. It’s extremely smokey in the area.
Crews are still securing Markleeville by mopping up hot spots. Reports say crews performed a back-firing operation Sunday night along a containment line from Highway 89 to Diamond Valley Road. They’re also trying to keep it away from Highway 88 and Carson Canyon.
Fortunately, there’s a 60% chance of rain in the area today, which is good for knocking down part of the fire but which could, at the same time, trigger flooding and debris flows. The U.S. Forest Service warns that just because possibly there is rain on the way, everyone should still stay out of the area so they don’t get caught in flash floods which are fully capable of killing lots of people and wildlife.