Bishop Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Bishop, CA 93514
Slinkard Fire Update for Sept. 5, 2017
Topaz, California, September 5, 2017 - The Slinkard Fire is currently 9093 acres with 74 percent containment. The fire originated in Slinkard Valley caused by a lightning strike on Aug. 29, 2017. Fire is located on the west slope of Antelope Valley, west of Topaz Lake and eight miles north of Walker, California. The fire was 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 322, Crews 8, Helicopters 4, Engines 24, Dozers 2, Water Tenders 7
Low pressure off the coast will bring increasing moisture with thunderstorms in the area the next two days. Storms will move up from the southeast. Chances of rain will increase from yesterday and some local wetting rains may occur. Lightning strikes may occur outside fire area causing the threat of new fires. Wetter storms are expected on Wednesday.
Overnight the fire was closely monitored by nightshift firefighters. Minimal fire activity was noted in the interior of the fire. Crews will continue to construct and improve containment lines. Line construction and mop-up continues in the north and west portions of the fire. Crews will continue to patrol for hotspots along the Highway 395.
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 as needed.
Highway 395 is open with periodic closure. Highway 89 over Monitor Pass remains closed due to fire activity. Please drive with additional care.
Southern California Incident Management Team 3 will transfer command on Thursday local Type 4 organization.
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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.The Incident Command Post is located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville, NV.
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