Bishop Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Bishop, CA 93514
Slinkard Fire Update for Sept. – 2, 2017
Topaz, California, September 2, 2017 The Slinkard Fire located in Slinkard Valley, and on the west slope of Antelope Valley, west of Topaz Lake and eight miles north of Walker, California. The fire is located in Alpine and Mono counties in California and Douglas County in Nevada. The fire is burning in cheat grass, sagebrush and pinyon/juniper. Fire was caused by a lightning strike on Aug. 29, 2017.
Personnel 616, Crews 15, Helicopters 4, Engines 56, Dozers 2, Water Tenders 11
There was minimal growth and activity last night due to calm winds.
Today’s fire priorities are control the fire’s north-west spread which could threaten residential areas watershed, cultural and heritage sites. Structure defense resources remain in place in Holbrook Highlands and the area of Topaz Lake and Highway 395. Unseasonably hot temperatures will continue through the weekend with light easterly winds in the valleys and poor overnight humidity recovery for mid and upper slopes. Winds will be stronger over the ridge tops tonight, then become lighter Saturday night. Moisture will begin to work north Sunday with increasing chances of thunderstorms starting Monday through midweek.
Highway 395 will remain open. California and Nevada Highway Patrol will be on the highway monitoring the situation. Highway is subject to closure if conditions change. Please exercise extreme caution as firefighters may be working from the roadway. Motorists traveling on Highway 395 are reminded that there will be large amounts of fire traffic and this is a holiday weekend. Please drive with caution.
Management of the fire has transition to Mike Wakoski’s So Cal Incident Command Team 3. The Southern California Interagency Management Team 3 is grateful for the professionalism, cooperation and support they have received from the Sierra Front Incident Management Team 2.
Cooperators on the incident include Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, East Fork Fire, Antelope Valley Fire. Incident Command Post is located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville, NV.
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