Round Fire Update, Swall Meadows (7:30pm on 2/11)

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Round Fire Update (7:30pm on 2/11)

Good evening, everyone! Here is the latest official update from Cal Fire on the Round Fire with a couple new items:

Location: Paradise and Swall Meadows
Acres: 7,000
Containment: 98%
Structures Destroyed: 40
Structures Damaged: 5
Structures Threatened: No Immediate Threat
Injuries: 4 firefighters
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel Assigned: 100+

Current situation: Smoking debris may be seen on the western edge of the fire. This debris does not pose a threat to residents. Re-population of the Paradise and Swall Meadows communities began at 4:00pm on Monday and continues throughout tonight. Re-population of Paradise is complete. Residents of Paradise no longer need to gain entry through Pine Creek Road at Lower Rock Creek Road.

For Swall Meadows residents, you still need a pass to gain entry into your community. Passes can be obtained by the Mono County Sheriff's Office at the Command Post located on Lower Rock Creek Road at the Paradise Fire Station. Please have a valid form of identification to get your pass.

We ask that residents use extreme caution in and around damaged and destroyed homes. Structural instability, hot ash pockets, and fire weaken chimneys pose a risk for injury. Remember to use gloves and a dust mask when working around fire debris. Please note the health advisory that was issued earlier today regarding the fire debris of homes. Hazardous chemicals may remain in the ash and soil.

American Red Cross: The Red Cross is available in two locations to assist victims in their recovery process. A mobile unit is staged at the Wheeler Crest Fire Department in Swall Meadows.

Local Assistance Center: Cal OES has contacted representatives from the Department of Insurance, State Contractor's License Board, Franchise Tax Board, Department of Motor Vehicles, Board of Equalization, and Public Health Vital Record to be at the Crowley Lake Community Center located at 458 S. Landing Road, Crowley Lake, CA 93546 beginning tomorrow, Thursday, February 12th through Sunday, February 15th. Hours of operations will be from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Any changes or updates to the days and hours of operations for the Local Assistance Center will be posted to the Mono County website at

Many thanks to the following cooperative agencies that remain on scene to ensure safety of all the residents of Swall Meadows and Paradise: 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, Cal OES.

May you all have a restful night and thank you to everyone for the continued support on all fronts!! - Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer