Slinkard Fire spreads north overnight
August 31, 2017
The Slinkard Fire burned over Highway 395 south of Topaz Lake over night, and up to a four-mile stretch of the highway.
A federal fire report issued this morning said the fire, which has grown since its last estimate of 3,000 acres, showed extreme fire behavior on Wednesday.
Flames ran spotted and groups of trees torched, according to a report issued this morning by the National Interagency Coordination Center.
Liberty Utilities reported its poles and other equipment have burned, creating conditions for an extended power outage for Coleville, Walker and Topaz.
Highway 395 is closed from Holbrook Junction south to Bridgeport, and is not expected to reopen while the fire continues to burn.
The fire crossed Highway 89 to the north on Wednesday afternoon, forcing the closure of Highway 89 between Highway 395 and Highway 4 at Monitor Pass. Highway 395 also closed Wednesday from the junction of State Route 182 in Bridgeport to the Nevada state line. Both highways remain closed as of Thursday, however Highway 395 will be open with highway patrol escort when the area is safe.
On Thursday, the Nevada Highway Patrol Northern Command West expanded the South Bound Highway 395 road closure, closing the road at Leviathan Mine Road in Gardnerville.
A detour is in place for Highway 395 and access to Bridgeport remains open.
While structures, including the RV camps along the west side of Topaz Lake are threatened, none have burned, according to the report.
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At last report, the nearly 140 firefighters working on the fire have not managed to make any progress toward a Sept. 10 containment date.
Four hand crews, 19 engines and three helicopters are working the fire that has so far cost $200,000 to fight.