Round Fire Update, Swall Meadows (6:40pm on 2/10)
Round Fire Update (6:40pm on 2/10)
Hello everyone! There really is no change from this morning but don't want to leave any updates out of the loop!
I re-toured the communities today and each resident I spoke with wanted to thank everyone for their efforts in this fire! Even in such a hard time, there were so many words of thanks to ALL the responding agencies, to ALL the donations made and to ALL the positive thoughts and prayers coming from everyone! It's important the message of thanks is shared! The response to this fire has been phenomenal! Thank you to all!
Here's the official Cal Fire update:
Location: Paradise and Swall Meadows
Structures Destroyed: 40
Structures Damaged: 5
Structures Threatened: none
Injuries: 4 firefighters
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel assigned: 100+
Evacuations: Lifted for residents
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: Please be patient as crews continue to work in the area. 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
Thank you to all the residents for your cooperation in the re-entry process. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this time! - Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer