On July 16, 2021, a small fire in the wilderness area west of Markleeville, Calif. exploded and headed toward the town. In short time, it burned through Grover Hot Springs State Park, Turtle Rock Park, Carson River Resort, and Indian Creek Reservoir. It encroached on the communities of Shay Creek, Alpine Village, Markleeville, Woodfords, and Crystal Springs, engulfing several homes and buildings and evacuating residents of all of these communities. Ultimately, over 60,000 acres of forest and natural resources were scorched. Families have been displaced and businesses have lost a huge amount of the revenues that would normally carry them through the winter season.
The Tamarack Fire Assistance Fund was launched to help offset the costs of fire damage, displacement, lost income, environmental damage, and rebuilding the economy. Use the links below to donate, and to access the applications for residents or businesses of Alpine County that wish to apply for assistance.
Funding allocations are contingent upon severity of need and availability of funds.
The Alpine County Chamber of Commerce supports many endeavors that connect travelers, outdoor adventurists, history scholars, and wildlife observers to over 700 square miles of paradise. Our lodges, restaurants, shops and recreation spots rely on these visitors to propel the livelihoods of the people who live and work in Alpine County.
With your support, the Alpine County Chamber can continue to foster economic, social, and environmental wellbeing for our community. Your donation of any amount will help: