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February 9th, 2015
The following is the short-list of contacts and information on the Round Fire.
For more information:
Public Information Officer: LIZ BROWN
PIO Contact Line : (909) 289-8124
Fire Information Line: (909) 881-6949
Location: West of U.S. 395 at the Sherwin Grade
Est. Acres: 7,000 acres County: Inyo / Mono County
Containment: 85 %
Report Date: February 9, 2015 Report Time : 1407 hrs
Injuries: 4 Firefighters Cause: Under Investigation
Structures Threatened: No immediate threats Structures Destroyed: 40 Destroyed / 5 Damaged
Lead Agency: CAL FIRE â BDU
As of Sunday morning, CalFire reported that the Round Fire was 65 percent contained and had destroyed 40 homes in the Swall Meadows and Paradise area, and damaged five others.
The report also states that the fire is currently at 7,000 acres.
The agency said that downed power lines in Paradise and Swall Meadows makes re-entry hazardous for homeowners.
Crews are currently locating trees that were damaged by fire and tagging them for removal.
Those who were evacuated remain at the Crowley Lake Community Center.
The Eastern Sierra Tri-County fairgrounds is accepting donations to help residents of Swall Meadows and Paradise who lost their homes to the Round Fire Friday night.
According to Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tawni Thomson, who is manning the donation center, any and all donations are being accepted.
Thomson also said that some residents have offered to house fire victims in spare bedrooms or RVs. Currently, the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds and the Chamber of Commerce are working together to organize the relief effort.
An afternoon fire in the Paradise and Swall Meadows areas has prompted mandatory evacuations in the community of Paradise. As of 3:45 p.m. Friday, the wind-driven fire was between five and 10 acres and was also threatening the Swall Meadows community. Officials expected that community to be evacuated next.
Forest Service officials said the area is experiencing 20 mile per hour winds with 70 mph gusts.
An evacuation center has been set up at the Crowley Lake Community Center.
The Lone Pine branch of the Inyo County Free Library is planning a party from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday. The event will feature free hot dogs and drinks and a live performance by Sandy and the High Country.
Inyo County will be hosting a public meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Lone Pine High School Auditorium, 538 S. Main St. in Lone Pine, to receive input on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. The Inyo County Planning Department said it would like to hear how residents feel about the plan before submitting its own comments to the state.
âNew and improvedâ legislation that will
designate the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine as a National Scenic area has been introduced to fellow lawmakers by Congressman Paul Cook.
Cook presented the updated legislation at the Thursday, Jan. 22 House of Representatives session.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing at 11:30 a.m. today in the County Administrative Center in Independence to discuss a proposed name change for a road in Lone Pine. County staff is considering changing the name of Indian Cemetery Road in Lone Pine to Magazine Road. All are invited to attend the meeting and weigh in on the decision.
A group of nurses at Northern Inyo Hospital filed a petition today to start a union and have a voice in decisions being made about staffing.
Read more in the Tuesday, Feb. 3 edition of The Inyo Register.
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