Slinkard Fire west of Topaz burns 8,925 acres; Hwy. 395 reopened at state line

Crews work on the Slinkard Fire burning west of Topaz on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. (SBG) 

A wildfire west of Topaz, Calif., has burned 8,925 acres and is 93 percent contained as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, according to the Bureau of Land Management.

Highway 395 was reopened in both directions Saturday morning after being closed at the Nevada state line for nearly two days. BLM says firefighters will continue to patrol for hotspots along Highway 395.

The fire is burning in cheat grass, sage brush and pinyon/juniper. It appears to be a lightning-sparked fire, officials say.

Voluntary evacuations are no longer in effect for residents living in the area, according to officials.

On Friday, however, people who live and work near Topaz Lake had their eyes glued to the hillside above them.

"I've been here 14 years and I've got goosebumps watching them and this fire just this close." Shyam Patel is the owner of the Best Western Topaz Lake Inn. He said the fire has been devastating to his business heading into Labor Day weekend.

Patel estimates he's already lost at least $10,000 in revenue because of the Slinkard Fire. "We were totally booked for last 10 days in a row and we are getting almost like 50 percent cancellation or more."

And other businesses have had to turn people away as well. Rick Ross is the manager of the Topaz Lodge. He said they performed voluntary evacuations earlier today as a precaution. "The word we heard is the fire is going to come down to the highway tonight, so for safety reasons, for our employees and our guests, we decided to close down until [Thursday] morning."

Topaz Lodge reopened its doors to the public Saturday morning, Ross told News 4-Fox 11.

This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.

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