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Falls Fire Burns Near Lake Elsinore

falls-fire-2The so-called Falls Fire was reported around 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, in the Morrell Canyon area.

It forced several evacuations in and around the Cleveland National Forest as it burned dangerously close to homes.

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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.

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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.

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (KTLA) — Firefighters were making progress Tuesday against a fast-moving brush fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest near Lake Elsinore.

The so-called Falls Fire had scorched 1,416 acres and was 20 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Cal Fire.

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Falls Fire burning near Lake Elsinore

Full containment was expected by Friday, according to officials.

The blaze was reported around 10 a.m. on Monday in the Morrell Canyon area, fire officials said. It then moved east into Decker Canyon.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Lakeland Village, Decker Canyon and Rancho Capistrano as the flames burned dangerously close to homes.

By Tuesday evening, all evacuation orders had been lifted.

Some 265 firefighters were assigned to the blaze on Tuesday, aided by six helicopters and six fixed-wing aircraft.

Fire crews were dealing with thick brush and steep, rugged terrain.

Four firefighters suffered heat-related injuries, and one resident was treated for some medical issues, officials said.

One outbuilding — a barn — was destroyed and a second outbuilding was damaged, authorities said.

The Ortega Highway remained closed at Grand Avenue on the Lake Elsinore side and San Antonio Parkway on the Orange County side.

An evacuation center was set up at Lakeside High School, located at 32593 Riverside Dr. in Lake Elsinore.

There was no immediate word on what may have caused the fire.

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (KTLA) — A brush fire burning near Lake Elsinore scorched hundreds of acres and forced several evacuations in the Cleveland National Forest Monday.

fallfaireThe blaze which was reported just after 10 a.m, according to forest service spokeswoman Vickie Wright.

The fire had burned 1,500 acres and was zero percent contained as of 11 p.m.

Mandatory evacuations were in place most of the day for the Decker Canyon, Lakeland Village and Rancho Capistrano areas.

By Monday evening evacuation orders had been lifted for all but Decker Canyon.

The Ortega Highway remained closed at Grand Avenue on the Lake Elsinore side and San Antonio Parkway on the Orange County side.

An evacuation center was set up at Lakeside High School in Lake Elsinore.

There was no word on what may have caused the fire.

 

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