MARKLEVILLE (CBS SF) – A one-time blaze of life exploded, reaching more than 6,600 acres in a single day, sending a wall of flames into the Sierra community evacuated from Markleville early Saturday morning.
The Tamarak fire broke out on July 4 as a result of a thunderstorm, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The agency said it monitored the fire every day before it exploded on Friday.
For Markleeville, Hot Springs Park and Campground, Shay Creek, Village Markleeville and East Fork Resort were relocated. A huge pyrocum cloud, formed by the intensity and heat of the fire, was visible to residents and visitors of Lake Tahoe at a prominent time on Saturday morning.
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According to the National Foresters Association of Humboldt-Toyabe, the fire started in very dry conditions and increased in mountainous conditions from about 500 acres to 1,600 acres and up to 6,600 acres during the day break.
Highways 88, 89 and 4 were closed in the fire zone. By 7:45 a.m., the fire was located 6 miles from Markleville and was advancing rapidly.
“Tamarak’s fire is moving fast and furious,” the Sheriff’s Department in the Alps wrote on Facebook on Saturday and urged local residents to evacuate.
The fire also forced the cancellation on Saturday of Death Ride, a 103-mile bike ride in the so-called California Alps over three passes in the Sierra Nevada.
The night video showed that the mountain flames engulfed and at least one house was destroyed.
Officials at the Humboldt-Toyabe National Forest Service wrote on Twitter on Saturday that “crews, equipment and the Type 2 incident management team have ordered and will arrive today” to reinforce the 50 firefighters currently on the line.