BLM temporarily closes public lands to support Slink Fire suppression efforts
BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office has issued a temporary emergency closure for BLM-managed public lands on the western slope of Antelope Valley, and all of Little Antelope Valley and Slinkard Valley in Mono County, due to wildland fire suppression operations within and adjacent to the Slink Fire.
This closure applies to public lands managed by the BLM Bishop Field Office located west of U.S. Highway 395 from the common boundary with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest near Walker, north to State Highway 89 near Topaz. The closure is effective immediately and remains in effect until further notice. The closure order is available online at https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/Slink_Fire_BLM_Closure_09032020_508.pdf.
The Slink Fire is being managed by Great Basin Team 6, for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the BLM Bishop Field Office. The fire has burned roughly 14,700 acres and is 10 percent contained. For the latest information visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7105/ or follow #SlinkFire on Facebook at @HumboldtToiyabeNF or Twitter at @HumboldtToiyabe. To sign up for daily updates email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This closure applies to all forms of public access and is necessary to protect public land visitors from risks associated with active wildland fire and current fire suppression operations. The closure is also needed to protect wildland firefighters from activities that could interfere with ongoing fire suppression efforts and post-fire suppression repair, emergency stabilization, and burned area rehabilitation work that will be needed to facilitate the healing process for public lands and resources that have been impacted by the fire.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.