Wildfire SitRep: #RoundFire – Sunday, February 8, 2015

Swall Meadows, CA | The RoundFire is located at Paradise and Swall Meadows.

FIRE STATUS

The burned acreage is still at 7,000 acres and firefighters have been able to contain the fire to 65%.

The number of destroyed structured has reached 40 with 5 damaged. There are currently no structures being threatened at this time.

POWER, CELL PHONE SERVICES

At the time of this report released by CAL FIRE at 0745 hours, they stated power and cell phones were still inoperable as it is still out in the area. Downed power lines was making re-entry into the area for homeowners hazardous and unsafe. Fire Managers are working on a re-entry plan  and they’ll provide an update as soon as that info is available.

Verizon wireless reported an optic line was burned in the area of Swall Meadows and Verizon crews are working in conjunction with fire personnel to get the line fixed.  They are working tirelessly to get this up and operational very soon.  They are asking customers to be as patient as possible knowing how difficult it is for no cell service in the affected areas.

INJURIES REPORTED

There have been 3 firefighter injuries reported. One suffered smoke inhalation.  Two of them received injuries while working in mop up operations: One slipped on wet ash and struck his head. The second firefighter hurt his ankle while mopping up hot spots.  All of these are considered non life-threatening and minor injuries.  This is a good indication how dangerous the conditions are for fire personnel and why residents are not being allowed to return to the area.

SHELTER OPERATIONS

The Evacuation shelter at Crowley Lake Community Center is still open. Red Cross will be at the community center today to help with immediate financial aid for any resident/homeowner whom lost a home.

COOPERATING AGENCIES

Agencies working at this fire are:  CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit [Lead Agency], Inyo NF, Paradise FD, Inyo Co Sheriffs Office, Mono County Sheriffs Office, CHP and CalTrans.

There are currently 500 firefighters on this incident. 35 Fire engines. 29 Fire crews. 1 Helo. 4 Dozers. 4 Water Tenders.

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