Alpine alerts Markleeville residents to possible debris flows

Doug Busey took this photo of an Alpine County structure with a large thank-you sign on it.

Doug Busey took this photo of an Alpine County structure with a large thank-you sign on it.


Markleeville residents living near creeks and canyons are being alerted to the possibility of debris flows should thunderstorms bring rain to the Tamarack Fire burn area.

Alpine County issued a notice at 12:30 p.m. Thursday informing residents living near Hot Springs, Pleasant Valley, Scott, Shay, Millberry, Crystal Springs, Merk Canyon, and Markleeville Creek there is a risk of debris flows.

The National Weather Service is forecasting possible thunderstorms through Saturday.

“These conditions have the potential to trigger debris flow events throughout the Tamarack Fire burn scar,” forecasters said. “Debris flows are dangerous, rapidly moving landslides that can be triggered within 15 minutes of a rainfall event. Steep slopes, canyons, gorges and the mouths of mountain streams are the locations at greatest risk. Persons in homes or vehicles are at risk of serious injury when in these locations. An oncoming debris flow may include the sound of rushing water, changes in water from clear to muddy, or the sound of large rocks crashing into each other."

Refer to the Alpine County Sheriff’s Office for guidance regarding evacuation information.

“Follow all evacuation orders,” the county warned. “If you stay behind, you can't protect your property and first responders won't be able to protect you. Never underestimate a debris flow.”

Alpine County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Line: 775-782-5126

The Tamarack Fire is 82 percent contained as firefighters continue to put out hot spots and reinforce the line around the fire.


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