Crews Make Progress Against Falls Fire; 73% Contained

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LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (KTLA) — Firefighters on Wednesday were making progress against the Falls Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest near Lake Elsinore.

The fire had burned 1,416 acres and was 73 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire.


The Falls Fire has burned more than 1,400 acres near Lake Elsinore.

There were 1,000 firefighters assigned to the blaze on Wednesday, along with six helicopters and six air tankers.

All evacuation orders have been lifted, including for residents in Decker Canyon.

Residents were being allowed back into their homes with CHP escorts.

The CHP was conducting escorts daily from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., as well as from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Highway 74 (Ortega Highway) remained closed to all other traffic from Grand Avenue to Antonio Parkway.

The blaze began around 10 a.m. on Monday on the Trabuco Canyon Ranger District, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

It quickly spread through thick brush in the steep, rugged terrain.

Full containment was expected by Friday, Forest Service officials said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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