Tamarack Fire Live Updates: Gavin Newsom, Steve Sisolak Tour Wildfire Damage in Nevada, California

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak toured some of the damage caused by the Tamarack Fire Wednesday and met with fire personnel for an update on the blaze.

Following the tour, both governors held a news conference where they called for more federal support in battling the wildfires plaguing the region.

Newsom said that fire personnel were "understaffed and under-resourced" and called the federal pay for the workers "deplorable." Sisolak conveyed a similar message, saying that the forces battling the fires needed more bodies and air support.

"We cannot ask more of the men and women who have been out here fighting it, but we need more," Sisolak said.

California has seen nearly four times the number of acres burned by wildfires in 2021 compared to the pace set in 2020, Newsom said. Additionally, 7,600 firefighters were currently battling fires in California to try to contain the destruction.

Sisolak cited climate change as the reason behind worsening wildfire seasons, describing the region's weather as increasingly hot and dry over the years.

"Every year it gets more and more intense. It just shows you the effect global warming is having," he added.

Since it was sparked by a lightning strike on July 4, the Tamarack Fire grew to 106-square-miles and burned at least 23 buildings. Some recent cooler weather and rain aided those battling the blaze, and earlier evacuation orders were lifted this week for about 2,000 people near the state line.

The fire was 59% contained as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the incident information page. However, fire officials cautioned that the hot, dry weather that facilitated the fire's rapid spread could return.

Newsom said that he and Sisolak plan to speak to President Joe Biden regarding the wildfire issue later this week.

The live updates for this event have ended.

Gov. Gavin Newsom Calls For Federal Support
California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak called for federal support Wednesday in battling wildfires that have become more frequent and damaging over the years. Newsom (L) speaks as California Attorney General Rob Bonta (R) looks on during a news conference at San Francisco General Hospital on June 10, 2021 in San Francisco, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Newsom, Sisolak Visit Incident Command Center For Tamarack Briefing

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Gov. Steve Sisolak visited the incident command center for the Tamarack Fire for a briefing from fire personnel after their tour of the blaze's destruction.

The incident command center is operating out of Douglas High School, located in a Nevada county previously put under a state of emergency by Sisolak.

After visiting the site, @CAgovernor & I were able to drop into Douglas High School, which is serving as incident command center, to get a briefing on the Tamarack Fire. Thank you to Incident Commander Dan Dallas & the whole team for your work to help keep folks safe. pic.twitter.com/0HSSO6gGGP

— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) July 28, 2021

Sisolak also posted pictures on Twitter following the tour of crews completing repairs on the Douglas County power line, which was destroyed by the Tamarack Fire.

Great to see @NVEnergy crews rebuilding the power line in Douglas County destroyed by the Tamarack Fire. pic.twitter.com/OfVFj1YJEk

— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) July 28, 2021

Newsom, Sisolak to Talk With President Joe Biden This Week

After voicing their mutual need for more federal support in battling wildfires during a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said that he and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak "look forward to talking to the president" later this week.

Newsom commended the partnership between California and Nevada in fighting some of the overlapping fires, but said the "spirit" of partnership needed to include the federal government.

"This notion of interdependence, this notion there's no leak on your side of our boat, is again the spirit that unites all of us," he said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is taking a look at the damage from the Tamarack Fire in Gardnerville, Nevada. pic.twitter.com/Cmf8XRilS1

— Lysée Mitri (@LyseeMitri) July 28, 2021

California Has Seen Nearly 4 Time Amount of Acres Burned Compared to 2020: Newsom

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said that the state has seen nearly four times the number of acres burned by wildfires in 2021 compared to the pace set in 2020.

"Already we've had 5,600 wildfires year to date. It's taken about 480,000 acres," Newsom said during a press conference.

Newsom said 7,600 firefighters were currently battling fires in California to try to contain the destruction.

"This is serious stuff. The cost of property, lives, those that survived but will never get back those memories," he said.

Sisolak Cites Global Warming as Cause of Longer, More Intense Wildfire Seasons

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak spoke about worsening wildfire seasons during a news conference after touring some of the Tamarack Fire's damage. He cited climate change as the reason for the development, describing the region's climate as increasingly hot and dry over the years.

"The season is starting earlier, it's going longer than it was in the past. It's almost turned into a 12-month season in terms of fighting these fires," Sisolak said.

"Every year it gets more and more intense. It just shows you the effect global warming is having," he added.

Sisolak called for a more "federally-orchestrated" response so the affected states could have a "more fair fight" in their struggles with wildfires.

Newsom, Sisolak Call For More Federal Resources to Battle Blazes

After touring an area burned by the Tamarack Fire, Gov. Gavin Newsom and Gov. Steve Sisolak called for more federal support to fight wildfires plaguing the region during a news conference.

Newsom said that fire personnel were "understaffed and under-resourced" and called the federal pay for the workers "deplorable."

Sisolak conveyed a similar message, saying that the forces battling the fires needed more bodies and air support.

"We cannot ask more of the men and women who have been out here fighting it, but we need more," Sisolak said.

"If we had had enough resources, we could have knocked this out early," he added.

Newsom, Sisolak Thank Fire Personnel For Efforts in Fighting Blaze

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak thanked personnel battling the Tamarack Fire Wednesday while touring an area that the blaze burned

Since sparking on July 4, the fire burned along the governors' shared state line. More than 1,500 personnel are currently working to contain the wildfire, according to InciWeb.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak thank firefighters working the Tamarack fire pic.twitter.com/FRGevabpRa

— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) July 28, 2021

Tamarack Fire 59 Percent Contained

The Tamarack Fire burning along the shared state line between California and Nevada was 59% contained as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the incident information page.

Since beginning their battle against the fire after it sparked on July 4, fire personnel got an advantage this week as the region saw cooler weather and some rainfall Tuesday. Wednesday was also forecast to have cloudy weather with numerous thunderstorms, according to the incident overview on InciWeb.

However, fire officials warned that the blaze could be reinvigorated if the more common hot, dry weather returns.