Bishop Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Bishop, CA 93514
Topaz, California, September 6, 2017 - This will be the final update for the Slinkard Fire.
The Slinkard Fire is currently 8,925 acres with 93 percent containment. The fire originated in Slinkard Valley caused by a lightning strike on Aug. 29, 2017. Southern California Incident Management Team 3 will transition on Thursday to a local Type 4 incident management team.
Highway 395 remains open. Highway 89 over Monitor Pass will remain open to residents only until further notice and will be continually evaluated. Please drive with additional care due to fire traffic in the area. Temporary flight restrictions are no longer in effect.
Crews will continue to monitor and patrol the area in the days to come as firefighters transition to fire suppression repair. This work includes the rehabilitation of hand and dozer lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, drop points and backhaul operations.
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 will monitoring these flare ups and will take suppression action as needed.
The Slinkard Fire is located on the west slope of Antelope Valley, west of Topaz Lake and eight miles north of Walker, California. The fire burned acres in Alpine and Mono counties in California and Douglas County in Nevada. At its height, the fire employed over six hundred fire fighters and support personnel.
The communities impacted by this fire should take pride in their response to this crisis. Fire has a place in the natural world, but it can be disruptive when it threatens our homes, our lives and our public lands. SoCal Team 3 and its Commander, Mike Wakoski would again like to thank the community for their support, patience and understanding during the fire.
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 will remain located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Gardnerville, NV.
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