ALPINE COUNTY (CBS SF) — A brief video clip taken from inside the cab of a UC Davis Fire Department truck while driving through part of the Tamarack Fire provided a harrowing glimpse of the danger fire crews are facing as they battle the still growing blaze that has crossed into Nevada.
UC Davis Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht shared the intense, “heart-stopping” clip on Twitter that was taken inside Brush Truck 34 Wednesday night as the fire crew fought to protect a housing development in Nevada.
The short 15-second clip — which had no audio — showed high winds swirling a heavy cloud of embers across the windshield of the truck as it drove behind a second fire truck visible through thick smoke by its emergency lights. Flames fanned by the wind could be seen burning at multiple spots on the nearby hillside.
Heart stopping video from our @UCDavisFire crew inside the cab of Brush 34 on the #TamarakFire as they worked to protect a housing development last night. I am so incredibly proud of the bravery of our @ucdavis firefighters as they help protect our state! @Chancellor_May @Cal_OES pic.twitter.com/iUkpk3L698
— Nathan Trauernicht (@FireChiefT) July 22, 2021
“I am so incredibly proud of the bravery of our UC Davis firefighters as they help protect our state!” Trauernicht said in the post.
The Tamarack Fire crossed into Nevada Wednesday morning, prompting new evacuations, according to fire authorities.
The wildfire burning south of Lake Tahoe has consumed more than 50,000 acres (68 square miles) as of Thursday morning, ripping through timber and head-high chaparral.
More than 1,200 firefighters were battling the fire that was started in Alpine County on July 4th by a lightning strike. It has destroyed at least 10 buildings, forced evacuation orders in multiple communities and closed parts of U.S. 395 in Nevada and California near the state line.
Fire authorities were anticipating very active to extreme fire behavior over the next 24 hours with high rates of spread from torching and spotting as the fire grows towards the north and east.
A request for voluntary evacuations was also issued for portions of Douglas County, Nevada. An evacuation center was set up at a community center in Gardnerville, Nevada.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday was providing escorts for the public through the US Highway 395 road closure from China Springs Road to the Nevada/California Stateline on Highway 395.