Round Fire Monday Update

Round Fire Monday Update

UPDATE (12:00 noon)

Cal Fire was confirming that residents of Paradise will be allowed into the community at 1pm today, however Mono County SO is now saying….Southern California Edison (SCE) is not ready to re-population Paradise at this time. There are still power lines down and no power within the community. SCE is close to restoring power. We cannot allow re-population until all utility needs are met.  We are anticipating for re-population of the community of Paradise at 4:00pm today. We are sorry for any inconveniences but please be patient, both communities will be re-populated today – first Paradise and then Swall Meadows.

Progress continues as crews work to fully contain the Round Fire which claimed 40 homes this weekend. The fire is now 85% contained. 39 homes in the Swall Meadows community and one home in Paradise were destroyed after the fire broke out Friday afternoon. Very high, erratic winds moved the fire north from it’s origin at the Schober ranch in Round Valley.  Winds in the area were gusting well over 70 mph. The official cause of the fire remains under investigation.

According to Cal Fire, with numerous hazards still existing, access to the area is restricted. Cal Fire spokesperson Liz Brown says, “The evacuation is still in effect as downed power lines make re-entry hazardous for homeowners. The community of Paradise may be repopulated as early as this morning if infrastructure needs are met. Trees damaged by fire are being assessed and tagged as hazards for removal.”

A total of 4 firefighters have been injured in the firefighting and mop up effort. All of the injuries are considered minor.

The evacuation center is the Crowley lake community center.

In Bishop the Salvation Army, Chamber of Commerce and Tri-County Fair have been receiving donations. Organizers thank the community for the outpouring of support, but note that the donation center at the tri county fair grounds has reached maximum capacity. They are now concentrating on distribution. If you have items to donate, please hold on to them, noting there will be a need later, once the displaced families are more settled in to their temporary housing arrangements. At this point gift cards of any kind are a great donation, as they require no storage space and allow victims to acquire exactly what they need. Organizers would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of love, support and compassion for our friends and neighbors.

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