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The Clark Fire and the Rock Creek Fire heat up the local hills.

August 6th
by Seth Conners

As of 9am Saturday morning the Clark Fire has burned over 2,800 acres and is at 50% containment.  The fire is located East of Highway 395 near Bald Mountain.  The fire was started by lightning on August 4th.
Crews today will prep Forest Service roads to secure the fire perimeter along the North and East flanks of the fire.  The flank is the most active, driven by winds.  The fire was less active last night except along the NorthEast flank.
Clark Canyon has been evacuated.  Visitors are advised to avoid all roads that lead to Bald Mountain for the safety of themselves and firefighters.
There are a total of 254 personnel assigned to the incident.
As of 9am Saturday morning the Rock Creek Fire is estimated to have burned 185 acres and is at 5% containment.  Down canyon winds last night pushed the fire South past containment lines towards Swall Meadows.  The Fire Response today will focus on securing the Southern flank of the fire and then using that as an anchor to secure the open fireline.  The fire is burning in brush, cheat grass, pinyon pine, and juniper.  Steady winds and fine fuels from the cheat grass are allowing the fire to grow rapidly.
Parts of Swall Meadows have been evacuated and remaining residents are under an evacuation advisory.  4 crews, 15 engines, 2 air tankers, 2 helicopters, 1 bulldozer, and 3 water tenders are assigned to the incident.
Lower Rock Creek Road is closed between Swall Meadows and Highway 395.  The fire is under investigation but it appears to be human caused.
Low relative humidity and afternoon winds are a major concern for both fires.

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Wine, Beer and Food in Paradise

Swall Meadows/Paradise Wine, Beer and Food Fest

Submitted by Swall Meadows and Paradise Volunteer Fire Departments
June 2nd, 2016

The communities of Swall Meadows and Paradise are partnering together for their annual outdoor wine and beer tasting event on Saturday, June 25, to benefit their all-volunteer Fire Departments. This fun event will feature unique wines from some of California’s best wineries, including Grgich Hills, Rombauer Vineyards, Frog’s Leap and many more. Handcrafted beers will be served from the best breweries of the Eastern Sierra – June Lake Brewing, Mountain Rambler Brewery and Mammoth Brewing Company.

Great food will also be featured, along with desserts from Great Basin Bakery and Rock Creek Resort. Idle Hands stringband will provide entertainment. In addition, thanks to many generous donors, some fantastic Raffle and Silent Auction items will be offered, including a Season Pass to Mammoth Mountain, fine art from local artists and photographers, a flight-seeing tour of the Eastern Sierra, fine wines and many other prizes. Swall Meadows and Paradise Beer Wine and Food Fest Poster

Tickets cost $65 each and raffle tickets are $10 each (or 6/$50 or 20 for $100). Event tickets can be purchased online at swallmeadowsparadise.brownpapertickets.com or in person at Bishop Art Supply, Spellbinder Books, and the Booky Joint. We hope you will attend but if you can’t, please consider making a donation. For donation information, raffle tickets, table reservations  (8 minimum) or other information, please contact Donalda Day, 951-255-3299, donaldaday@gmail.com

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Round Fire Tuesday Update

Round Fire Update, Residents allowed in

From Cal Fire:

Acres: 7,000
Containment: 95% (full containment expected today)
Structures Destroyed: 40 (39 in swall meadows, 1 in paradise)
Structures Damaged: 5
Injuries: 4 firefighters
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel assigned: 100+
Evacuations: Lifted

From The Mono County Sheriffs department:

Current Situation: Re-population for the residents of Paradise and Swall Meadows began Monday 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: Verizon cell service went back online Monday evening. All phone services are up and running. Please note that interruption in service may happen as continued work is done. Please be patient as crews continue to work. 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

The assistance center in Bishop located at the Patio building at the fairgrounds, organized by the Salvation Army, Tri county fair and Bishop Chamber of commerce is open from 10-3 daily.  They have received a large amount of donations and those who need supplies are encouraged to stop by for assistance.

Photo by Gary Young Photography

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