Forest / Wild Fire in USA on August 31 2017 09:59 AM (UTC).
Evacuations have been ordered for residents in the Topaz, Holbrook, and Spring Valley areas due to a wildfire burning west of Topaz, Calif., according to Douglas County. Douglas County says its taking evacuees at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center. An official at the evacuation center said even if displaced residents don't need a place to stay, it's a smart idea to stop by and check in. CERT Team Leader Bill Sugden said, "If they are going to be evacuated, we like them to come here and register so we know where they are; so when we're looking for somebody, somebody calls, you know, 'where's grandma?' We can look on the list if she's checked in with us and say okay, she's with Uncle Joe. We know where they're at." In addition, the Mono County Sheriff's Office says evacuations have been issued for residents from Robert's Ranch north of the Nevada state line. Evacuations in Mono County, California were also ordered from Topaz Lane north to the state line. U.S. 395 is closed at the Nevada-California state line, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. NHP reported at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday that the fire had jumped Highway 395 and was burning in both California and Nevada. According to Sierra Front, the Slinkard Fire, which sparked Tuesday afternoon, has burned an estimated 3,000 acres and is zero percent contained as of 7 p.m. Wednesday. Crews do not have any containment on the fire, which is burning in cheat grass, sage brush and pinyon/juniper. It appears to be a lightning-sparked fire, fire officials say. Fire crews are working on a dozer line along the eastern edge of Topaz, and several engines are in place for structure protection, according to the Bureau of Land Management. Evening winds are not as strong as predicted.