Bishop Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Bishop, CA 93514
Slinkard Fire Update for Sept. – 3, 2017
Topaz, California, September 3, 2017 The Slinkard Fire is currently 9,051 acres with 35 percent containment. The fire originated in Slinkard Valley caused by a lightning strike on Aug. 29, 2017. Fire is currently located 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.
Crews 11, Helicopters 4, Engines 54, Dozers 2, Water Tenders 14, Total Personnel 531
Last night, fire activity was minimal except for one small spot fire which occurred on Highway 395 which was promptly extinguished. Today firefighters will continue to strengthen patrols in and around structures in the Holbrook Highlands area. Firefighters continue to construct and improve containment lines. Mop-up continues in the north and westerly portions of the fire. Crews will continue to patrol for hotspots along the Highway 395.
Hot temperatures with light valley winds will continue through Monday with poor overnight humidity recovery. Locally gusty east winds are likely over the higher ridges tonight and Monday. Chances of thunderstorms will begin to increase Monday and Tuesday with the best chance on Wednesday. A cooling trend with near normal temperatures is expected later in the week.
Highway 395 will remain open with periodic closures due to fire activity. Highway 89 remains closed over Monitor Pass. California and Nevada Highway Patrol will be on the highway monitoring the situation. 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 holiday, fire, and Burning Man traffic. Please drive with additional care.
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Management of the fire is under the command of So Calif Incident Management Team 3.
Incident Commander Mike Wakoski extends his “sincere appreciation for the patience and understanding of the affected communities as firefighters fight the Slinkard Fire”.
Cooperators on the incident include Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, East Fork Fire, and Antelope Valley Fire.
Incident Command Post is located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville, NV.
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