Bishop Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Bishop, CA 93514
Central California District
For Immediate Release: August 30, 2017
3:00 pm CA-CC-17-39
Contact: BLM: Samantha Storms, (916) 978-4615, email@example.com
Contact: Forest Service: Deb Schweizer, (760) 873-2427, firstname.lastname@example.org
Slinkard Fire Continues to Grow, Evacuations in Place
TOPAZ, Calif. - The Slinkard Fire, located in the Slinkard Valley, west of Topaz in Mono County, California continues to grow today influenced by wind.
The fire has crossed Highway 89 and is growing to the east towards Topaz. Highway 395 is closed and Topaz has been evacuated north of Highway 89 to the state line. Fire crews are putting in dozer line along the eastern edge of Topaz and numerous engines are in place for structure protection.
The fire is estimated to be 1,500 acres is 0% contained. The fire is burning in cheat grass, sagebrush and pinyon/juniper.
For public safety, Hwy 89 is closed between Hwy 395 and Highway 4 (at Monitor Pass). Highway 395 is closed between from the junction of State Route 82 in Bridgeport to the Nevada State line.
Unsettled weather will remain a concern for today, with thunderstorm activity and winds in the forecast.
There are five crews, numerous engines, three helicopters are support staff assigned to the fire.
A Type II Team has been ordered. This appears to be a lightning-caused fire.
Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop, CA 93514