Slinkard Fire grows to 6,200 acres
Shifting winds helped increase the size of the Slinkard Fire as it burned west away from the inhabited portions around Topaz Lake.
Firefighters estimated the fire grew to 6,241 acres. So far the fire has moved too fast for crews to build a line around it, especially on the western side, leaving it at zero percent containment.
The fire has burned in cheat grass, sagebrush and piñon-juniper all along Highway 395 and has jumped Highway 89 on its way north.
As of the last update, there have been no injuries and no structures lost as of 4 p.m.
Power is out in the immediate area. Liberty Utilities reports it will repair two poles burned by the fire and bring a generator south for Coleville and Walker as soon as it is safe.
One of the Sierra Front’s incident management teams took charge of the fire on Wednesday night.
On Thursday, fire crews continued to focus on protecting structures and infrastructure near in Topaz and along the Highway 395 corridor, re-establishing anchor points on the fire and constructing fire line for perimeter control.
Topaz has been evacuated north of Highway 89 to the Nevada state line. For public safety, Highway 89 remains closed between highways 395 and 4 (at Monitor Pass). Highway 395 is closed from the junction of State Route 182 in Bridgeport to the Nevada state line. However Highway 395 will
be open with highway patrol escort when safe.
A detour is in place for Highway 395 and access to Bridgeport remains open.
Numerous resources are ordered including hand crews, which are a critical need, according to fire officials and air attack and lead plane, two single engine air tankers, a heavy air tanker and two super scoopers.
The fire is located in Slinkard Valley and the west slope
of Antelope Valley, west of Topaz in Mono County, California. The fire is burning in There are two hand crews, 30 engines, three helicopters, four water tenders, 1 dozer and support staff assigned to the fire. A Type 2 Incident Management Team is en route. This is a lightning-caused fire.