Tamarack Fire now threatens Northern California town after 2-week-old blaze exploded Friday
A fast-moving wildfire that erupted Friday, July 16, 2021 in Alpine County is burning on the outskirts of Markleeville and has prompted the evacuation of several hundred residents. - U.S. Forest Service/TNS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A nearly 2-week-old wildfire erupted in size and ferocity Friday evening in Alpine County zooming to the outskirts of Markleeville, the county seat, and has prompted the evacuation of several hundred residents and vacationers. The Tamarack Fire leaped to 6,600 acres from 500 acres overnight, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s Humboldt-Toiyabe unit. “The fire continues to burn in a northerly direction backing towards Highway 89 south of Markleeville towards the Carson River,” the Forest Service said in an latest incident update. Authorities said the fire was burning in ...