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Round Fire: Monday Update: Containment Grows; Evacuations Lifted

California Dept. of Transportation Dist. 9 / YubaNet.com

The Round Fire, burning in Inyo and Mono counties, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.

California Dept. of Transportation Dist. 9 / YubaNet.com

FIRE RESOURCES:

  • 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 7:40 p.m. - Containment aat 95 percent

CAL FIRE reports that continment of the Round Fire has reached 95 percent.  Evacuations have been lifted for residents with verified credentials.

 

Update 4:55 p.m. - Evacuations lifted in Paradise and Swall Meadows

CAL FIRE says residents of Paradise and Swall Meadows with verified credentiaals were allowed back into the communities at 4 p.m. Some parts of the affected communities will not have power restored until approximately 9 p.m.

Containment of the fire remains at 85 percent.

Update 11:20 a.m. MONDAY - Containment at 85 percent

CAL FIRE reports that containment of the Round Fire has reached 85 percent.

The evacuated community of Paradise may be repopulated later today, provided infrastructure needs are met.

Evacuations remain in effect as downed powerlines make re-entry hazardous for homeowners.Trees damaged by fire are being assessed and tagged as hazards for removal.

 

Update: 5:45 p.m. - Containment at 75 percent

CAL FIRE reports that containment of the Round Fire has reached 75 percent, as favorable weather has assisted in firefighting efforts.

The latest incident update says the fire remains at 7,000 acres, with 40 homes and outbuildings destroyed, with five more residences damaged. There are 500 personnel working the incident in Inyo and Mono counties.

The fire started Friday afternoon. The cause is under investigation.

 

Update: 9:25 a.m. - Containment At 65 Percent

CAL FIRE reports that contianment of the Round Fire is 65 percent as of early Sunday. Evacuations remain in place, as downed power lines and venting propane tanks pose serious safety threats.

- CapRadio.org staff

SWALL MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) — Fire crews have increased containment of a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed 40 homes, but say they don't know yet when residents evacuated from two small California towns at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada will be able to return home.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Capt. Liz Brown says dozens of power poles have come down in the communities of Swall Meadows and Paradise, creating hazards for the roughly 250 residents who have been evacuated. Crews were assessing trees in the two communities on Sunday to ensure they wouldn't come down.

The fire started near a highway on the border of Inyo and Mono counties Friday afternoon. It blew up when 50 to 75 mph winds whipped through wooded areas near the two communities.

Crews have since gained the upper hand on the blaze, which was 65 percent contained.

Original post:

SWALL MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) — Fire officials say 40 homes have been destroyed in a wind-driven wildfire that has charred more than 10 square miles of land near the Nevada state line.

Cal Fire Capt. Liz Brown said Saturday that the blaze near two small Northern California towns on the border of Inyo and Mono counties is 50 percent contained.

Brown says flames fanned by sustained winds of up to 75 mph whipped through wooded areas near Town of Paradise and Swall Meadows on Friday night. She says 40 residences and several outbuildings were destroyed.

A firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

Dying winds and rain helped crews stop the growth of the fire.

A few dozen people remained under evacuation orders Saturday afternoon.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 


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0207-round-fire-mapApproximate location of the Round Fire, burning near Bishop, California
Round Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: February 9, 2015 6:20 pm  
Date/Time Started: February 6, 2015 2:07 pm  
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit 
County: Inyo and Mono counties  
Location: Westside of Highway 395 at the Sherwin Grade  
Acres Burned - Containment: 7,000 acres - 95% contained  
Structures Destroyed: 40 residence & outbuildings. 5 residences damaged  
Evacuations:

Credential verification for Repopulation of Paradise & Swall Meadows residents will begin at 4 p.m. We will let residents of both communities however Paradise will not have power till around 9pm

 
Road Closures : Entry into both communities, Paradise and Swall Meadows.  
Injuries: 4  
Cause: Under Investigation 
Cooperating Agencies: USFS, BLM, Wheeler Crest Fire Dept., Paradise Fire Dept., Inyo and Mono County Sheriff, CHP, Cal Trans, Cal OES  
Total Fire Personnel: 250  
Total Fire Engines: 20  
Total Fire crews: 14  
Total Dozers: 1  
Total Water Tenders: 1  
Conditions: Residents may see smoking debris on hillsides but it does not pose a threat to residents and structures. The Community of Paradise may be re-populated today early afternoon if infrastructure needs are met. Swall Meadow re-population late afternoon after Paradise, if infrastructure needs are met

Evacuations still remain in effect as downed powerlines make re-entry hazardous for homeowners.Trees damaged by fire are being assessed and tagged as hazards for removal.

For additional resources visit County of Mono.

Link to Round Fire Perimeter Map

 
Phone Numbers  (909) 881-6949 (Fire Information Line)