Round Fire Update, Swall Meadows (7:45am on 2/8)
UPDATE: ROUND FIRE, SWALL MEADOWS (7:45am on 2/8)
Good morning, everyone! Here is the official update from Cal Fire on the Round Fire as of the morning incident briefing:
Location: Paradise and Swall Meadows
Acreage: 7,000 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Structures Destroyed: 40 destroyed / 5 damaged
Current structures threatened: No immediate threats
Total personnel assigned: 500+
Current situation: downed powered lines make re-entry for homeowners hazardous and unsafe. A re-population plan is being created and we will provide that information as soon as it is available. Until the area is safe, no homeowners will be allowed entry into their homes.
Injuries: 3 firefighters. The injuries to the firefighters were minor injuries. One suffered smoke inhalation; two were injuries related to mop up operations, one slipped on wet ash and struck his head and another hurt his ankle while mopping up hot spots. This is a very good example of why fire personnel and other agencies are not allowing people in due to the hazardous conditions. All those injured suffered minor injuries.
Evacuation Center: Crowley Lake Community Center. Red Cross will also be at the community center today to help with immediate financial aid for any homeowner who lost their home.
Cooperating agencies: Cal Fire (lead), Inyo National Forest, Paradise Fire, Inyo County Sheriff's Office, Mono County Sheriff's Office, CHP, Caltrans
Verizon update: There was a fiber optic line that was burned in the area of Swall Meadows. Verizon crews are working cooperatively with fire personnel to get the line fixed. Please be patient as Verizon crews work to restore cell phone service in the midst of this fire.
Fire Information Line: (909) 881-6949
We will continue to provide official updates as they become available. Thank you! - Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer