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California Wildfire Destroys 40 Homes, Burns 7,000 Acres

The Round Fire began Friday morning at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada. By Sunday evening, the fire was 75% contained.

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An Eastern California wildfire has destroyed more than 40 structures and burned 7,000 acres since Friday, fire officials said. Its cause is under investigation.

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This image provided by Jim Stimson shows the Round Fire burning at Wheeler Crest near Bishop, California on Friday.

Firefighters have gained the upper hand on the wind-driven wildfire that has destroyed 40 homes, burned nearly 11 square miles, and forced about 150 people to leave two small California towns at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada.

The Round Fire began Friday morning in Inyo County, California, according to CalFire. Erratic winds caused it to spread into the towns of Paradise and Swall Meadows.

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Officials said 40 homes and outbuildings were destroyed, and five others were damaged.

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The two towns remain under mandatory evacuation as crews deal with downed power lines and assess damaged trees.

Picture of the #RoundFire burning north of #Bishop CA

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Picture of the #RoundFire burning north of #Bishop CA

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Though the fire grew to 7,000 acres, its forward spread has stopped, officials said. By Sunday, it was 75% contained.

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About 500 firefighters have responded to the fire, and four people have been reported injured.

Online @GoogleMaps of the #RoundFire perimeter in Inyo County: https://t.co/ZLMrTvaNHW @CALFIREBDU @InyoSheriff @InyoInfo

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Online @GoogleMaps of the #RoundFire perimeter in Inyo County: https://t.co/ZLMrTvaNHW @CALFIREBDU @InyoSheriff @InyoInfo

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ST6241C enjoys a little help from #MotherNature as she points the way home from the #RoundFire. #allrisk #striketeam

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ST6241C enjoys a little help from #MotherNature as she points the way home from the #RoundFire. #allrisk #striketeam

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Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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