Fire On State Line Mushrooms
More than six thousand acres of pine, juniper and sagebrush continue to burn this morning just south of the Nevada line near the California end of Topaz Lake. It threatens the evacuation of a gambling lodge on the California-Nevada line that was a haven for evacuees from an earlier fire. About 150 people have been urged to leave a campground near Topaz Lodge. The Slinkard fire was sparked by lightning on Saturday and was thought to be in hand until winds caused it to flare yesterday in California´s Slinkard Valley. U.S. 395, which links Nevada and California, is shut down at the state line, as are Nevada 208 and California 89, after 89 was jumped by the fire. Ten miles to the south, crews are working the Gate complex west of Walker and Coleville, near last month´s 22-thousand-750-acre Cannon fire. It was about 20 percent surrounded with full containment expected on Tuesday.