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Monday, March 21, 2011

CA-SBU CENTER IC 850 acres - 100% contained.

Center Fire

Center Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated: March 20, 2011 7:00 pm  
Date/Time Started: March 18, 2011 3:18 pm  
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Bernardino Unit 
County: Inyo County  
Location: Community of Big Pine area  
Acres Burned: 850 acres  
Containment 850 acres - 100% contained.  
Structures Destroyed:19 residences destroyed.Inyo County Building officials continue to asses the outbuildings that may have been damaged or destroyed.  
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 Numbers  (760) 873-2427 (Center Fire Information) 

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