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Round Fire Claims 40 Structures; Firefighters Make Progress

Photo courtesy Inyo County Sheriff Dept.

Round Fire burned area.

Photo courtesy Inyo County Sheriff Dept.

Update: 9:30 p.m. - Forty Structures Destroyed; Containment At 50 Percent; Fire Resources Added

CAL FIRE reports that 40 homes and outbuildings have been destroyed by the Round Fire, burning northwest of Bishop, California, in Inyo and Mono counties.

Containment of the fire stood at 40 percent as of Saturday evening.

The Town of Paradise & Swall Meadows are under a mandatory evacuation.

  • Latest Round Fire update from CAL FIRE
  • An evacuation center has been established at the Crowley Lake Community Center, 458 S. Landing Road, Crowley Lake, CA 93546
  • Salvation Army is accepting monetary donations for people affected by the ‪#‎RoundFire‬. Also available are emergency shelters and clothing: 760-872-2124
  • Free Animal Boarding for displaced residents is available through the Bishop Veterinary Hospital 760-873-5801; and Pampered Pooches 760-872-7387
  • YubaNet.com Round Fire update

Update: 12:30 pm. - Correcting place names to "Swall Meadows" and "Lower Rock Creek Road" and incident map added

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0207-round-fire-mapApproximate location of the Round Fire, burning near Bishop, California

Update: 9:40 a.m.: Fire Grows To 7,000 Acres, Rain Aids Firefirefighters

The fire grew to 7,000 acres overnight Friday, with appoximately 20 structures believed to be lost. Mandatory evacuations for the towns of Paradise and Swall Meadows remain in effect.

CAL FIRE says the blaze in Inyo and Mono counties is 30 percent contained. There are 200 personnel working the incident, including 29 crews, 47 engines and two bulldozers.

Significant rainfall in the area slowed the progress of the fire in the early morning hours Saturday, but downed power lines and venting propane tanks pose serious threats.

 0207-round-fire-pThe Round Fire, photographed Friday, February 6, 2915. Photo courtesy Inyo County Sheriff Dept.

Original post:

One home and one outbuilding have been burned in the Round Fire, burning west of Highway 395 in Inyo and Mono counties. The towns of Paradise and Swall Meadows have been evacuated, as strong, shifting winds have made confinement difficult.

An evacuation center has been opened at the Crowley Lake Community Center.

As of late Friday, Cal Fire reported 500 acres had been burned. Lower Rock Creek Road at Toms Place, and Gorge Road, north of Hwy 395 have been closed.

- CapRadio.org staff

Cal Fire Incident Report

Round Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: February 7, 2015 5:00 pm  
Date/Time Started: February 6, 2015 2:07 pm  
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit 
County: Inyo and Mono County  
Location: West of Highway 395 at the Sherwin Grade  
Acres Burned - Containment: 7,000 acres - 50% contained  
Structures Destroyed: 40 Residence & Outbuildings  
Evacuations:

The Town of Paradise & Swall Meadows are under a mandatory evacuation.

An evacuation center has been established at the Crowley Lake Community Center:

458 S. Landing Rd Crowley Lake, CA 93546


Click here for Directions to the Evacuation Center

There will be a community meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Round Valley School. 300 N Round Valley Road, Bishop, CA.

 
Road Closures : Roller Rock Creek Rd. at Toms Place and Gorge Rd on North side of Hwy 395  
Injuries: 1  
Cause: Under Investigation 
Cooperating Agencies: Inyo USFS, Paradise Fire Dept., Inyo County Sheriff, Mono County Sheriff, CHP, LADWP, BSHOP Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Edison and CDCR  
Total Fire Personnel: 200  
Total Fire Engines: 47  
Total Fire crews: 29  
Total Dozers: 2  
Conditions: Significant rain stopped the forward rate of the fire around 2am. Downed power lines and venting propane tanks make re-entry for residents dangerous  
Phone Numbers  (909) 881-6949 (Fire Information Line)