The Tamarack Fire started as a result of lightening on July 4th 2021 in the wilderness areas of Alpine County. High winds on Jul 16th caused the fire to quickly explode, advancing toward the small, remote town of Markleeville, Calif.
By July 17th, the fire had surrounded Markleeville and headed multiple directions toward more small communities in the county, including Alpine Village, Crystal Springs, Woodfords, and Hung a lel ti. Now, a large majority of residents in these communities of Eastern Alpine County are evacuated, and more are on alert. The evacuation center is currently staged at the Douglas County Community Center in Gardnerville, Nev.
With your help, we can assist the evacuees in meeting basic needs while fire suppression efforts are underway, as well as establish funds to help evacuees return to their homes, and for those who have lost homes or had their business shut down, we can help them rebuild.
Donations will be taken through the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and distributed as needs arise, to the evacuation center, small business assistance fund, and/or to Alpine County to assist with rebuilding efforts.