WildFire SitRep: #RoundFire – February 9, 2015 – PM Update

Inyo/Mono Counties, California | The Round Fire is located off of Hwy 395 at Sherwin Grade.  The Fire previously caused mandatory evacuations of towns of Paradise and Swall Meadows.

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Started on February 6, 2015, reported at 1407 hours PST.

40 residents and outbuildings destroyed. 5 damaged. 7 recorded homes saved by Kern County’s Strike Team.

FIRE STATUS

The Round Fire has still remains at 7,000 acres with a new containment status at 95%.  Firefighters are quickly making progress.

COOPERATING AGENCIES

250 USFS, BLM, Wheeler Crest Fire Dept., Paradise Fire Dept., Inyo and Mono County Sheriff, CHP, Cal Trans, Cal OES still remain on scene with the aid of the following:

  • 20 Eengines
  • 1 Water Tender
  • 1 Dozer
  • 1 Helicopter
  • 14 Handcrews
  • 25 Overhead

Additional Agencies are assisting residents:  The Salvation Army, American Red Cross

INJURIES SUSTAINED

4 Firefighters have been injured.

REPOPULATION

Repopulation began at 1600 hours today back inside Paradise and Swall Meadows.

A Pass is require to gain entry and can be picked up from the Mono County Sheriff’s Staging area on the N side of Pine Creek and E of Lower Rock Creek at the entrypoint.

Residents may take up to two people to help them with repopulation.  An Escort will be provided.  When arriving at the entrypoint, residents will need to be able to display valid photo identification in order to be allowed inside the area.  Residents may stay home but if you leave, the Sheriff’s Office reminds you to bring your pass with you to re-enter the area.

The re-population restriction for residents is expected to last 24-48 hours.

There are currently no threats or additional warnings at this time.

SERVICES

Power

Paradise expects their power to be restored by 2100 Hours PST this evening

Grief Support / Behavioral Health Services 

Residents affected by the fire can call for assistance to :

  • Mono County Behavioral Health – #760-924-1740
  • Inyo County Behavioral Health – #760/873-6533
  • If in Crisis or After Hours – Call 9-1-1

Evacuation & Local Assistance Center

Crowley Lake Community Center. 458 S. Landing Rd, Crowley Lake, CA (just past the General Store) Hours of Operation: 0700 PST – 1900 PST Monday – Saturday. (additional days and hours to be determined based upon need)

Financial Assistance

The Red Cross is providing staffing in addition to the Crowley Lake Community Center to meet their immediate financial needs of affected residents from 0800 PST – 1400 PST Monday – Saturday.

CAUSE

The Cause is still unknown and is under investigaton.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog

 

Wildfire Update: RoundFire Increases Resources

Inyo County, California | Round Fire is located off of Highway 395 at Sherwin Grade.

As of 0200 this morning, the forward spread of the fire has been completely stopped due to a high amount of rainfall.  However, due to downed power lines and venting propane tanks, it is making it very difficult for firefighters to re-enter the area.  Danger looms, which is not a good thing.

One injury has been reported and we are unsure if it is a firefighter or civilian.

There are currently 200 personnel on the fire with 47 fire engines, 2 dozers and 29 fire crews.

The cause is still under investigation but it is known the fire started at 1607 hours on Friday, February 6, 2015.

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A CAL Fire Engine. Taken in July 2014. [Credit: LR Swenson]

Agencies on scene are: CAL FIRE,  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 and a Strike Team from Kern Co.

A report of 20 structures have been destroyed.

Road closures are still in effect at Roller Rock Creek Rd. at Toms Place and Gorge Rd on North side of Hwy 395.

Evacuation Order is still in place and no residents are being allowed back inside the communities effected.  The Evacuation Shelter is located at the Crowley Lake Community Center at  458 S. Landing Rd Crowley Lake, CA 93546.

[c] 2015 The NW Fire Blog