Update on Round Fire: 7,000 acres, 20 structures

UPDATE: 9:30 AM

The Round Fire:

Acres: 7,000 – 30 percent contained

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20 structures and outbuildings destroyed (preliminary county)

200 personnel; 47 engines; 29 fire crews, two bulldozers

One injury to firefighter due to smoke inhalation

Significant rain stopped the forward rate of the fire around 2am. Downed power lines and venting propane tanks make re-entry for residents dangerous

Calfire: We are looking at possible escorted re-entry tomorrow afternoon or evening.

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UPDATE: 12:50 am

US 395:

[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]

CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM 1 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 203 TO
THE SOUTH JCT OF SR 158 (MONO CO)

CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM 8 MI NORTH OF LEE VINING TO
8 MI NORTH OF BRIDGEPORT (MONO CO)

CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM 3 MI NORTH OF BRIDGEPORT TO
THE JCT OF SR 108 (MONO CO)

A HIGH WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM BISHOP (INYO CO) TO THE
NEVADA STATE LINE – TRAVEL IS PROHIBITED FOR CAMPERS, TRAILERS OR
PERMIT LOADS

[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
A HIGH WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM THE NEVADA STATE LINE TO
THE OREGON STATE LINE – TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CAMPERS, TRAILERS OR
PERMIT LOADS

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UPDATE 11:30 PM from Caltrans

US 395

[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]

IS CLOSED FROM THE INYO/MONO CO LINE TO 12 MI SOUTH OF THE JCT OF SR 203
(MONO CO) – DUE TO A WILDFIRE – MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

A HIGH WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM BISHOP (INYO CO) TO THE
NEVADA STATE LINE – TRAVEL IS PROHIBITED FOR CAMPERS, TRAILERS OR
PERMIT LOADS

IS REOPENED FROM LEE VINING TO BRIDGEPORT (MONO CO) AT 2250 HRS ON 2/6/15

[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
A HIGH WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM THE NEVADA STATE LINE TO
THE OREGON STATE LINE – TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CAMPERS, TRAILERS OR
PERMIT LOADS

 

UPDATE: 10:25 PM

US 395 is closed at Inyo/Mono County line from the south and 12 miles south of the junction of State Route 203 (Mammoth) from the north

From Caltrans

US 395
[IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA]
IS CLOSED FROM LEE VINING TO BRIDGEPORT (MONO CO) – DUE TO A WILDFIRE
– MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

IS CLOSED FROM THE INYO/MONO CO LINE TO 12 MI SOUTH OF THE JCT OF SR 203
(MONO CO) – DUE TO A WILDFIRE – MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

A HIGH WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM BISHOP (INYO CO) TO THE
NEVADA STATE LINE – TRAVEL IS PROHIBITED FOR CAMPERS, TRAILERS OR
PERMIT LOADS

[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
A HIGH WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM THE NEVADA STATE LINE TO
THE OREGON STATE LINE – TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CAMPERS, TRAILERS OR
PERMIT LOADS

 

UPDATE 9:30 PM

CalFire reporting the Round Fire at 500 acres.

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A wind-whipped fire west of US Highway 395 has forced the evacuations of residents of Paradise and Swall Meadows and has burned one residence and one outbuilding.

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The Round Fire began Friday at 2:07 p.m. according to CalFire, and at last report at 6:30  p.m. was 100 acres in size with zero percent containment. Winds were blowing through the Round Valley area at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to at least 40 mph.
CalFire is reporting that “significant wind shifts make containment a challenge; too windy for fixed- or rotary-winged aircraft.”

Fifty personnel, 13 fire engines and two bulldozers were on scene, and this afternoon dozens of residents were waiting anxiously, hoping their homes would be spared from the flames.

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The fire is located about 15 miles north of Bishop and about 25 miles south of Mammoth Lakes in Inyo and Mono counties along Sherwin Grade. No injuries have been reported.

Lower Rock Creek Road has been closed to all non-emergency vehicles.

An evacuation center has been established at the Crowley Lake Community Center: 458 S. Landing Rd, Crowley Lake.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Agencies on scene are CAL FIRE, Inyo USFS, Paradise Fire Dept., Inyo County Sheriff, Mono County Sheriff, CHP, LADWP, BISHOP Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Edison and CDCR.

At last report, US 395 was closed from Lee Vining to the Nevada state line, due to a fire, downed trees and unsafe driving conditions.

Call 511 or 800-GAS-ROAD for the latest Caltrans road conditions.

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Kevin McDavid
Kevin McDavid
7 years ago

It’s been over five months and the Cal Fire website still shows the cause of the Round Fire as under investigation. I really miss Benett, she would have been all over this.

ovlove
ovlove
7 years ago

i find it ironic that the local media tells us the cause of the fire is under investigation, while mickey jarvis announces on national news that the power lines arched and started the fire. coincidence? i dont think so. if there is one thing i have learned living in the… Read more »

Bishop Rocks
Bishop Rocks
7 years ago

Sendings my thoughts and prayers to all those in Swall, Paradise, 40 Acres and the Round Valley community that your homes and families are safe!!! I also want to send an ENORMOUS thank you to all of our firefighters and law enforcement for their responsiveness, dedication and hard work last… Read more »

Tourbillon
Tourbillon
7 years ago
Reply to  Bishop Rocks

Those are nice sentiments to send.

I’m sending money. http://www.gofundme.com/roundfirerelief

Eastside Bum
Eastside Bum
7 years ago

Dejavu of the Birch Fire from the year 2000. Frighteningly similar? Praying that all of you affected are not harmed, your homes are safe, and your loved ones & pets are accounted for.