Reports keep coming in to the Carson City Fire Department that the recent wildland fire atop Prison Hill keeps re-igniting. Neighbors down below the hill have been calling in to report a re-kindle of the fire that broke-out from lightning strikes a few weeks ago. But every time the fire department rushes out to the site it’s just another dust devil kicking up the dry dust left behind from the original fire.
So, for those along Carson River Road who have a front row seat on that particular hillside, look at it real close. Make sure it’s just a dust devil created by the wind flowing from west to east. So far, all the reports turned out to be exactly that.
Markleeville Area Fire
10:27am Alpine County Sheriff’s Office and El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office are providing escorts for residents located in the evacuation area to secure pets, papers and emergency items. Escorts will take place from 10 AM – 1 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM on July 20, 2021. Additional escorts on future dates will be determined by fire activity. If you are interested in receiving an escort to your residence please proceed to Mad Dog Café located at 290 Old Pony Express Way, Markleeville, CA 96120.
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.
Southbound vehicle reportedly had to swerve to dodge another vehicle and rolled. Driver taken by ambulance to CTRMC.
Vehicle that was also southbound had some car body damage. Wasn’t immediately clear who was at fault. But it’s plain that two vehicles can’t occupy the same space at the same time.
You are invited to a recital featuring the music of Beethoven, de Beriot, Debussy, and Kreisler with Brian Fox (violin), Maddy Kao (cello), and Eric Kao (piano).
Friday, July 23rd, 7pm
Steinway Piano Gallery,
500 E Moana Lane, Reno
Saturday, July 24th, 7pm
Shepherd of the Sierra
3680 US-395 S, Carson City
Admission is free. Performances will also be live streamed via Facebook.
Please contact Brian (775) 848-5643 with any questions.
New Carson City City Hall…in the making
Carson City Supervisors are making plans to purchase the old Bank of America building directly across Highway 50 from Smith’s Grocery. The plans are just now starting to take shape which includes consolidating many far flung city offices and additional space for courtrooms, meeting rooms, public contact services and Supervisors’ meeting room. It’s going to take a lot of planning and interior alterations. Again, it may take a couple of years to get it all up to snuff.
The supervisors also introduced first reading of a city ordinance that forbids marijuana smoking in stores that sell marijuana, no smoking marijuana in all other stores as well on the streets and other public places. The new regulations could be made official in a few weeks.