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Slinkard Fire

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Bishop Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Bishop, CA 93514

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Slinkard Fire - August 31 evening update

Slinkard Fire Wildfire
News – 8/31/2017

Slinkard Fire Update:
Slinkard Fire PIO: Brian Reublinger 775-772-3426 or
Update: The Slinkard fire is currently being managed by a Sierra Front Type 3 Incident Management Team.
Today, the fire’s growth was predominately on the northwestern flank uphill from Topaz and towards the Alpine County jurisdictional line.
Fire crews mopped up and secured lines along the Highway 395 corridor, and worked to re-establish an anchor point for the fire and to construct fire line for perimeter control.
Evacuations: Topaz north of Highway 89 to the Nevada State line.
Closures: For public safety, Hwy 89 remains closed between Hwy 395 and Hwy 4 at Monitor Pass. Hwy 395 is closed from the junction of State Route 182 in Bridgeport to the Nevada state line. However, Hwy 395 will be open for local traffic with highway patrol escort when safe. A detour is in place for Hwy 395 and access to Bridgeport remains open. Hwy 108 (Sonora Pass) is open, but drivers must go south on Hwy 395 and then connect to the detour in Bridgeport if traveling north.
Resources: Numerous resources are ordered including hand crews, which are a critical need, as well as air resources. An Incident Management Type 2 Team is also responding.Location: The Fire is located in Slinkard Valley and the west slope of Antelope Valley, west of Topaz in Mono County, CA. The fire is burning in cheat grass, sagebrush and pinyon/juniper.
Cooperators: Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Antelope Valley Fire Protection District, East Fork Valley Fire Protection District, CA-EOS, CAL FIRE, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada Division of Forestry, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Cal Trans and Nevada DOT.
Detected: August 29, 2017 @ 3:15 pmCause: LightningSize: 6,500 AcresContainment: 0%Location: Topaz Lake8 miles north of Walker, CAWest of Highway 395 and across Highway 89Structures Lost: 0Resources: 4 Hand Crews, 51 Fire Engines, 8 Aircraft