Fire Closes Monitor Pass (Hwy 89) & Highway 395 Near Lake Tahoe, CA | Mandatory Evacuations in Place

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Slinkard Fire on 8/30/17. image: inciweb

The Slinkard Fire has now closed both 8,314′ Monitor Pass on highway 89 as well as highway 395 from Bridgeport, CA north to the CA/NV state line.

“For public safety, Hwy 89 remains closed between Hwy 395 and Hwy 4 (at Monitor Pass). Hwy 395 is closed from the junction of State Route 182 in Bridgeport to the Nevada state line.” – Inyo County Forest Service

Map showing location of Slinkard Fire.

The Topaz area has been evacuated north of Hwy 89 to the Nevada state line.

“Evacuations are ordered for residences from Robert’s Ranch north to the Nevada state line. Deputies went door to door and notified impacted residents. A Code Red notification also went out.
Highway 395 is now closed from Bridgeport north to Nevada.” – Mono County Sheriff’s Office

Image of Slinkard Fire from Topaz Lodge, NV. photo: lindsey joy wells

The Slinkard Fire was estimated to be 3,000 acres and 0% contained as of last night.

This fire is about 25 miles south of Lake Tahoe.

Slinkard Fire on 8/30/17. image: inciweb

INYO COUNTY PRESS RELEASE:

August 30th, 2017

Slinkard Fire, on Bureau of Land Management – California, evening update:

The Slinkard Fire is now estimated to be 3,000 acres and 0% contained. It is located in the Slinkard Valley, west of Topaz in Mono County, California. The fire is burning in cheat grass, sagebrush and pinyon/juniper.

The fire crossed Hwy 89 and moved east towards Topaz with the afternoon down canyon winds. Fire crews continue to put in dozer line along the eastern edge of Topaz and numerous engines are in place for structure protection. This evening’s winds were not as strong as predicted and this is assisting fire crews in their efforts. Crews will continue these efforts tonight with the focus being on protecting the town of Topaz.

Topaz has been evacuated north of Hwy 89 to the Nevada state line.

For public safety, Hwy 89 remains closed between Hwy 395 and Hwy 4 (at Monitor Pass). Hwy 395 is closed from the junction of State Route 182 in Bridgeport to the Nevada state line.

There are five hand crews, numerous engines, three helicopters and support staff assigned to the fire. A Type 3 Incident Management Team is en route. A Type 1 Incident Management Team is being ordered. This appears to be a lightning-caused fire.

Slinkard Fire on 8/30/17. image: inciweb

SLINKARD FIRE INFO:

Basic Information

Current as of 8/30/2017, 6:50:30 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday August 29th, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM
Location West of Topaz, CA

Current Situation

Size 3,000 Acres

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