Monitor Pass Near Lake Tahoe, CA is CLOSED Indefinitely Due to Fire

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Monitor Pass, CA. image: scenic4.org

8,314-foot Monitor Pass on Highway 89 south of Lake Tahoe, CA is currently closed due to the Slinkard Fire.

There is no estimated time of reopening.

The Slinkard Fire pass is 950-acres acres in size and 0% contained.

The fire appears to have been caused by lightning.

Fires have also closed important road in Yosemite National Park, CA.

SR 89
    [IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]
    IS CLOSED FROM THE JCT OF US 395 (MONO CO) TO THE JCT OF SR 4 
/MONITOR PASS/ (ALPINE CO) - DUE TO A WILFIRE - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED 
TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE 
- CalTrans, today
map showing location of Monitor Pass, CA.

Monitor Pass opened for the summer in late April with 20-foot snowbanks.

“ALPINE: SR-89/MONITOR PASS CLOSED DUE TO FIRE

Alpine County: SR-89/Monitor Pass remains closed due to fire that was sparked Tuesday afternoon. SR-89 closed 8 miles west of SR-395 to the 89/395 junction.

The fire is approximately 1,000 aces (as of 8 am Wednesday) and there is no ETO for opening SR-89/Monitor Pass.

Seek alternate routes and avoid this region.” – Caltrans District 10

Monitor Pass, CA on April 29th, 2017. photo: Paula Peterson, South Tahoe Now

SLINKARD FIRE INFO:

Approximate Location

38.612 latitude, -119.55 longitude
Map showing location of Slinkard Fire.

Incident Overview

Fire crews are responding to the Slinkard Fire, located in the Slinkard Valley, west of Topaz and south of Hwy 89 in Mono County, California. This appears to be a lightning-caused fire.

The fire is estimated to be 950 acres this morning and is 0% contained. The fire is burning in cheat grass, sagebrush and pinyon/juniper. The fire burned throughout the night, under the influence of slope and wind.

Crews are focusing their efforts on the eastern flank, closest to Topaz. There are no evacuations in place at this time.

For public safety, Hwy 89 is closed between Hwy 395 and Highway 4 (at Monitor Pass). Unsettled weather will remain a concern for today, with thunderstorm activity and winds in the forecast.

There are five crews, numerous engines, three helicopters are support staff assigned to the fire.

A Type III Team has been ordered.

Basic Information

Current as of 8/30/2017, 11:45:16 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday August 29th, 2017 approx. 06:00 PM
Location West of Topaz, CA

Current Situation

Size 950 Acres

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