Bishop Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Bishop, CA 93514
Slinkard Fire Update for Sept. 4, 2017
Topaz, California, September 4, 2017 The Slinkard Fire is currently 9093 acres with 49 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.
Total Personnel 418, Crews 11, Helicopters 4, Engines 30, Dozers 3, Water Tenders 11
Fire activity was minimal overnight. Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor in and around structures in the Holbrook Highlands area. Crews will continue to construct and improve containment lines. Line construction and mop-up continues in the north and westerly portions of the fire. Crews will continue to patrol for hot spots along the U.S. Route 395. Yesterday, Highway 395 was closed temporarily for fire suppression efforts.
Residents and visitors may see occasional flare ups especially at night. These flare ups are well within the burned area and do not represent a threat to containment lines. Night shift firefighters are monitoring these flare ups and will take suppression action if needed.
A high pressure weather front will remain over Nevada bringing light southeast winds to the fire the next two days. Chances of thunderstorms will increase with afternoon winds more likely to be governed by thunderstorm outflows. It will continue to be hot with poor relative humidity recovery. Cooler temperatures are expected later in the week. Today will be partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy after 1 p.m. with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Highway 395 is open. Highway 89 over Monitor Pass remains closed due to fire activity. 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.
Incident Commander Mike Wakoski extends his “sincere appreciation for the patience and understanding of the affected communities as firefighters fight the Slinkard Fire.” Management of the fire remains under the command of So Cal Incident Management Team 3(SCIMT3).
Cooperators on the incident include Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, USDA Forest Service, Antelope Valley Fire, Cal Fire, Cal OES, California Conservation Corps, California Highway Patrol, CalTrans, East Fork Fire Protection, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Nevada Department of Transportation, and Nevada Highway Patrol.
Incident Command Post is located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville, NV.
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