Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1200 Franklin Way
Sparks, NV 89431
Bridgeport, CA. September 15, 2020– Today will be the last day of operations for Great Basin Team 6. Management of the fire will transition to Nevada Team 2 on September 16, 2020, at 0600. When asked about his thoughts of the last 15 days, Incident Commander Brook Chadwick said, “I am incredibly proud of the work everyone on the Slink Fire has done. In the field, the firefighters worked extraordinarily hard to ensure this fire did not have the potentially disastrous consequences we could have seen. The resources deployed to assist these firefighters came together and worked tirelessly to ensure that our operations went as smooth as possible. Our team’s core values, the preservation of life and respect, were a part of every aspect of this incident. Resources from all of the country came together, and through mutual respect of each other, and this area, were able to accomplish our objectives, while avoiding any serious injury or loss of life. I am confident that this amazing area is in great hands, and the Slink Fire will be well managed, as we hand over command to Nevada Team 2.”
It has been an honor and privilege to have served the areas of Coleville, Walker, Bridgeport, and all surrounding areas. We would like to thank all of the residents for their support and encouragement during the team’s time here. Although Great Basin Team 6 will be leaving, suppression operations will continue on the Slink Fire. Smoke should be expected from the fire area for the foreseeable future. Fire personnel will continue to increase containment on the Slink Fire. Crews will not only work to patrol and maintain fire containment lines, but they will also be working within the fire area itself. Total resources on the incident will continue to decline but remain at a level that will support incident needs and objectives.
The Closure Order for the Slink Fire area remains in place. To view more, please visit the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/htnf/alerts-notices/?aid=61374. We ask the public to please stay out of the area for their safety as well as the safety of the fire personnel. Additionally, the Bureau of Land Management issued a closure order for the fire area. For information on this closure, please go to: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/Slink_Fire_BLM_Closure_09032020_508.pdf.
A Smoke Outlook report is continuing to be produced daily. The report will be posted to the Slink Fire InciWeb page, at: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/Humboldt-ToiyabeNF. In addition to the Slink Fire, multiple other fires in California have contributed to the dense smoke and poor air quality in the area. Visit https://fire.airnow.gov/ to view updated smoke impacts.