- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

SWALL MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters are battling a 50-acre vegetation blaze at the foot of the Sierra Nevada that has prompted the mandatory evacuation of two small Northern California towns near the Nevada state line.

Cal Fire Capt. Liz Brown says a few dozen people were evacuated Friday from Town of Paradise and Swall Meadows, two communities northwest of Bishop in Inyo County.

The Inyo County Sheriff Department says the fire is burning west of Highway 395 at the Sherwin Grade.

Firefighters with several agencies have responded to the blaze, including Cal Fire and the Bishop and Paradise Volunteer Fire Departments.

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