Round Fire Update, Swall Meadows (7:45am on 2/10)
Round Fire Update (7:45am on 2/10)
Good morning, everyone! Here is the morning briefing update from Cal Fire on the Round Fire in Swall Meadows:
Location: Paradise and Swall Meadows
Structures Destroyed: 40
Structures Damaged: 5
Injuries: 4 firefighters
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel assigned: 100+
Current Situation: Re-population for the residents of Parasdise and Swall Meadows began yesterday at 4:00pm. For all residents that still need to re-enter, you will need a pass to get in. Please visit the Command Post located at the entry point of Pine Creek Road and Lower Rock Creek Road. Mono County Sheriff's Office personnel will issue you the entry pass. Please have proper identification with you. Residents can come and go from the communities. Remember to take your pass with you so you may gain re-entry. Residents are allowed up to two additional people to help with re-population. Please ensure these individuals are with you. Please remember to drive slowly and with caution in the escort lines into the communities. Be attention to work crews and personnel on scene.
Residents will need to use extreme caution in and around damaged and destroyed homes. Structural instability, hot ash pockets, and fire weakened chimneys pose a risk for injury. Please use the the utmost caution.
Red Cross: The American Red Cross is now stationed in two locations. They are directly on scene with a mobile unit at Wheeler Crest Fire Department in Swall Meadows. If any residents need immediate assistance, please visit the mobile unit. They are also stationed at the Crowley Lake Community Center.
Donations: There has been a phenomenal response to those willing to give to this devastating incident. Please visit https://gis.mono.ca.gov/roundfire for the most up-to-date donation sites.
Utilities: In case you didn't notice, Verizon cell service went back online last evening. All phone services are up and running. Please note that interruption in service may happen as continued work is done. Please be patient as crews continue to work. Thank you to SCE for their 24/7 response to fixing all the burned power poles and restoring the power to the communities.
Cooperating agencies: Cal Fire, Inyo National Forest (USFS), BLM, Wheeler Crest Fire Department, Paradise Fire Department, Inyo County Sheriff's Office, Mono County Sheriff's Office, CHP, Caltrans, CalOES
As further updates are available, we will surely pass any and all information along to you. THANK YOU again to everyone for your continued support and efforts during this fire! - Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer