Wildland Fire: RoundFire Prompts Two Small Town Evacuations

Inyo & Mono Counties, California | A wildfire started today at 1407 and was reported to be around 50 acres. It is located west of Highway 395 at the Sherwin Grade. There is a 0% containment.

As of 1830 this evening, CAL FIRE reported the fire had increased to 100 acres in size seriously impacting two towns.

Paradise and Swall Meadows are currently under a mandatory evacuation.  An evacuation shelter has been set-up at 458 S Landing in Crowley Lake, California 93546, the town’s Crowley Lake Community Center.

One outbuilding and one residence are reportedly destroyed.  The cause is currently under investigaton.  No injuries have been reported.

Agencies currently working at the fire scene and assisting with evacuations are: CALFire, Inyo USFS, Paradise FD, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, LADWP, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Edison and CDCR with a total of 50 personnel.

Thirteen [13] fire engines are currently working, along with two [2] dozers.

Road Closures have been set at Roller Rock Creek Road at Toms Place and Gorge Road on Nside of Highway 395.

Conditions are making it difficult for firefighters and fixed wing or rotary aircraft to fly due to erractic shifting winds.

ABOUT Paradise, California

The town of Paradise incorporated in 1979, and is located in the foothills of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Elevations vary from 2,000-2800 above the Valley floor.  According to the town’s website, they state they have a population of 27,000 residents.  Adding neighboring towns:  Magnolia, Paradines Pines, Lovelock, Stirling City includes another 25,000 residents.

It is known as the 2nd Largest town in Butte County, California.

The town has three Fire Stations: #81 [main station] on Birch Street, #82 on S Libby and #83 on Wagstaff.  There are two [2] fire stations with three-man crews and one [1] fire station with a two-man crew.  The small Fire Department has a Fire Prevention Officer, a Fire Marshall and an Administrative Assistant.

They have an agreement with CAL FIRE that also maintains stations within the town, making it more efficient for operations and quick responses.

ABOUT Swall Meadows, California

Swalls Meadows is located in the Southern area of Mono County and is home to vacationers and families.  This town has a 23% ratio of unoccupied homes in the community with a population of 220 residents [per 2010 census].

Swalls Meadows sits part way up Sherman Grade below Wheeler Crest of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s elevations are between 6-7,000 feet.  Habitat consists of Pinon-Juniper/Subalpine.

The town is accessible from “Old” 395 or Lower Creek Road.  It is located 20 miles North of Bishop and 25 miles South of Mammoth Lakes.  Nearby towns are Paradise, Aspen Springs, Sunny Slopes, Crowley Lake, Round Valley Mesa, McGee Creek, West Bishop, Chaflant, Dixon Lane-Meadow Creek and Wilkerson.

There is only a Volunteer Fire Station in the the town.  There are no commercial buildings and this is family oriented community with many surrounding beautiful views.

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