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Slink Fire

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431

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The Slink Fire was reported on August 29th at 6 p.m. in the Slinkard Valley southwest of Topaz Lake as a result of lightning in the area.

Situation Update: The Slink Fire is 90% contained. Because of steep and rugged terrain and the priority on firefighter safety, the last 10% of the fire located in the Carson Iceberg Wilderness will not have fireline constructed around it and will continue to smolder until it receives precipitation.  

Members of the public should expect to continue to see smoke, as interior pockets of unburned fuel continue to burn. These areas are well within the fire perimeter and pose no threat to containment lines. Firefighters from both the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts will continue to patrol and monitor the fire, but will not no longer be staffing it.   

October 22nd, 2020: The Slink Fire closure has been reduced by 126,805 acres and is now confined to the fire’s footprint, meaning that areas that are burned or within the perimeter of the fire remain closed. Mill Canyon Road is now open. 
Please refer to the map at and avoid the fire area.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 29th, 2020 approx. 06:00 PM
Location2 miles west of Coleville, California
Incident CommanderHumboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Incident DescriptionThe Slink Fire was reported on August 29th at 6 p.m. in the Slinkard Valley southwest of Topaz Lake.
Coordinates38.568 latitude, -119.568 longitude

Current Situation

Size26,759 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Significant Events

Currently, fire behavior is minimal: creeping and smoldering.

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