Containment on Slink Fire in Mono County grows to 71 percent

Photo taken near the Antelope Valley Pack Station.
Photo taken near the Antelope Valley Pack Station.(Matt Colangelo, Engine 342, USFS)
Published: Sep. 1, 2020 at 8:03 PM PDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 8:26 AM PDT
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MONO COUNTY, Calif. (KOLO) - SEPT. 16, 8:20 A.M. The Slink Fire which is contributing to the bad air quality in our area is now 71 percent contained. It has burned 26,752 acres since starting August 29.

Management of the fire transitioned Wednesday morning from Great Basin Team 6 to Nevada Team 2.

SEPT. 15, 5:45 P.M. Containment is growing on the Slink Fire in Mono County. Acres burned held steady Tuesday at 26,709 acres, and containment has grown to 60 percent.

Management of the fire will transition from Great Basin Team 6 to Nevada Team 2 on Wednesday, September 16 at 6 a.m.

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Engine 342 firefighters recently supported suppression efforts on the #SlinkFire near...

Posted by U.S. Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit on Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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.”

The closure order for the Slink Fire area remains in place.

SEPT. 14, 11:25 A.M. The Slink Fire west of Coleville, California has burned 26,709 acres and is 54 percent contained.

The lightning-sparked fire started August 29, 2020.

Firefighters will continue to improve existing containment lines along the east side of East Fork Carson River. Crews will be working along the southwest flank of the fire to keep it out of Coyote Valley and limit the spread within Corral Valley.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest system lands in California on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts will reopen to the public on Tuesday morning, September 15, 2020 after a temporary emergency closure went into place on September 10th.

The closure order for the Slink Fire area remains in place. Additionally, the Bureau of Land Management issued a closure order for the fire area.

The Slink Fire is one of multiple other fires in California contributing to the dense smoke and poor air quality in our area.

SEPT. 6, 11:10 A.M. The Slink Fire southwest of Topaz Lake in California’s Mono County has grown to 20,795 acres, with 21 percent containment, the U.S. Forest Service reported Sunday morning.

Winds out of the west gusting to 20 mph could drive the flames again on Sunday as it has the last couple of days, the Forest Service said. The fire has the potential to grow due in part to high heat and low humidity. It is listed having extreme fire danger.

Fire crews are trying to use air and ground resources to keep the fire south of Bagley Valley.

Sept. 6 Slink Fire map
Sept. 6 Slink Fire map(US Forest Service)

SEPT. 4, 10:35 A.M. The Slink Fire, burning in Mono County, CA continues to grow.

The U.S. Forest Service now estimates the fire at 16,279 acres with 10 percent containment. The fire is burning west into the Carson Iceburg WIlderness.

Highway 395 has fully reopened with no controls.

SEPT. 3, 11:45 A.M. The Slink Fire has grown to 14,700 acres and remains 10 percent contained.

An expected heatwave over Labor Day weekend will be a concern for firefighters as they work to contain the fire.

SEPT. 2, 8:40 A.M. The Slink Fire burning in Mono County is now estimated to have burned 14,200 acres.

The fire is 10 percent contained and is still two miles west of Coleville, CA.

ORIGINAL STORY: Firefighting helicopter crews were busy all day Tuesday working to put out hot spots in Little Antelope Valley just west of Walker and Coleville.

The fire is now 11,000 acres and 10% contained.

The scene was much different Monday afternoon as the fire was moving fast threatening both communities.

“It moved approximately two miles in under an hour,” says Incident Commandeer Scott Fraser of the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators. “It came off the hill across some flat lands in Little Antelope Valley threatening the town of Walker and the south end of Coleville.”

Overnight, the fire settled down and Tuesday was not advancing much beyond its estimated 8,300 acres. The evacuations were lifted and US 395 was reopened. Still, the scorched mountainsides told the story of a dangerous fire which burned down to the valley floor just two miles from town.

It could have been much worse. The fire threatened the US Marine base at Pickle Meadows and destroyed historic structures including an old stamp mill.

Even as restrictions were being lifted, structure protection equipment remained staged by a ranch house which had been in the fire’s path and the day’s good news was tempered with a measure of caution.

“We like to think we’re good at predicting this,” says Fraser, “but unfortunately it sometimes does things that aren’t predicted. So you need to pay attention to local media sources and officials to ensure that we don’t need to do another evacuation. But that’s our goal, to not to have to do that.”

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