Round Fire Update, Swall Meadows (5:00pm on 2/8)

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Round Fire Update, Swall Meadows (5:00pm on 2/8)

Good evening, everyone! Please find the latest official update issued by Cal Fire on the Round Fire:

Location: Paradise and Swall Meadows
Acreage: 7,000 acres
Containment: 75%
Structures Destroyed: 40
Structures Damaged: 5
Structures Threatened: no immediate threats
Total Personnel: 500+
Injuries: 4 firefighters
Cause: under investigation

Current situation: Residents may see smoking debris on hillsides but it does not pose a threat to homes and structures. Southern California Edison (SCE) is making good progress at utility re-building and restoring power to the affected areas. The media is in the area. Under Penal Code Section 409.5, they are allowed access into fire damaged areas even when residents are not allowed. There have been some media escorts into the area. The media is not granted access to any property or homes, unless the homeowner has given permission.

Re-Entry / Re-Population update (Paradise): The community of Paradise may be re-populated tomorrow (early afternoon) if infrastructure needs are met. We will provide an update when the re-entry/re-population will take place. Please remember that proper identification will be required in the re-population areas. If you have documentation that has your proper physical street address, please bring that with you as well.

Re-Entry / Re-Population update (Swall Meadows): The community of Swall Meadows still has hazards and unsafe conditions and residents are not allowed in the area. As soon as we have a time frame of when re-entry/re-population will take place, we will update everyone. We understand you are anxious to get to your homes. Please be patient as fire personnel and other first responders continue to clean up and mop up areas to ensure your safety before allowing you back into your neighborhood.

Road closures: Entry into both communities from Lower Rock Creek Road and Gorge Road.

Shelters: The Crowley Lake Community Center is still open for those that need a place to go for shelter. The Red Cross is also there for any assistance anyone needs.

For local resources and information:

Fire Information Line: (909) 881-6949

Cooperating agencies: Cal Fire (lead), Inyo National Forest, Paradise Fire Department, Inyo County Sheriff's Office, Mono County Sheriff's Office, CHP, Caltrans, CalOES.

We will continue to provide the most updated information as we receive it, especially with the re-entry/re-population plans. We thank everyone for their patience, support and positive thoughts throughout this fire! Thank you! - Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer