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Big Pine fire burns 19 structures, fund set up for victims

March 21, 2011

The Center Fire that started outside of Big Pine Friday night burned 19 structures, including homes, and 850 acres before it was considered "contained" or out, last night.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

As many as 400 fire fighters were assigned to the fire over the weekend, although the wind-whipped flames did most of their damage Friday night.

CalFire's website is one of the best places to get the latest data on the fire; http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=482

Here's the latest update from CalFire, filed Sunday night at 7 p.m.

Evacuations: All evacuations have been lifted.
Injuries: 1
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: Inyo County Sheriff, US Forest Service, CHP, Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department, Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, Long Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Wheeler Crest Volunteer Fire Department, BLM, CalTrans & DWP
Total Fire Personnel: 100 firefighters
Engines: 10
Fire crews: 4
Conditions: Firefighters remain at scene to mop up and patrol for hot spots. Rain continues to fall in the fire area.
There is no impact to Highway 395.

The American Red Cross is offering assistance to the victims whose homes were damaged or destroyed by the fire and will be holding a meeting today at 10 a.m. at the Big Pine School to discuss disaster assistance.

Despite the extreme winds, firefighters were able to quickly contain this fire due to the work and cooperation between the volunteer, state, local and federal firefighters, we well as the law enforcement agencies and public works departments.

Phone Number: (760) 873-2427 (Center Fire Information)

Donations for the victims of the fire can now be made to IMACA

Checks can be made out to IMACA, with the memo specifying “Big Pine Fire”, and sent to PO Box 845, Bishop, CA 93515. You can also bring the check to our office at 224 South Main St.

For more information, call IMACA at 800-541-1822 or 873-8557 x 22.

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