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Falls Fire - Latest Update

Post Date:08/09/2013 10:30 AM

This article was last updated by the City at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 9th

Below is the latest information regarding the fire located above Lake Elsinore in the Cleveland National Forest. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

As reported by the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department:

UPDATE 7:15 p.m.on 8/8/2013: The fire is still 1,416 acres and 95% contained.

UPDATE 8/8/2013 8:00 a.m.: Fire is 85% contained. No change in acreage. Resources remain committed to bring fire to full containment. Ortega Highway (SR74) is intermittently open to residents with proof of address.

UPDATE 7:21 A.M. 8/7/2013: THE FIRE IS STILL 1,416 ACRES WITH 73% CONTAINMENT.

UPDATE 7:19 P.M. 8/6/2013: THE FIRE IS CURRENTLY 1,416 ACRES AND 30% CONTAINED.

UPDATE 5:30 P.M. 8/6/2013: STATE HWY 74 TO BE OPENED TO RESIDENTS ONLY VIA CHP ESCORT:

Incident Commanders from the "Falls" Fire and the California Highway Patrol have re-opened State Hwy. 74 (Ortega Highway) to residents only until the roadway is repaired and fully opened to the public.

Additionally, the evacuation order for Decker Canyon has been lifted and residents may return to their homes via the aforementioned escort schedule.

Signs warning travelers of the Hwy. 74 closure have been placed in the following locations:

  • Message board on S I-15 one mile before Lake Street
  • Message board before Diamond Drive N I-15
  • Ortega Hwy approaching the main divide
  • SB I-15 approaching Nichols Rd.
  • NB South of Bundy Canyon Rd.
  • WB Hwy 74 approaching I-15

CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department information office is open and staffed 24/7. You can find the latest updates on this fire at: http://www.rvcfire.org/incidentInformation/IncidentFactSheets/Pages/default.aspx

Original post:
Incident: Cleveland National Forest – Ortega Mountains
Type of Incident: Wildland Fire
Incident Address: Ortega Highway (SR 74) at Decker Canyon
Date Reported: 8/5/2013
Time Reported: 10:04 AM

The wildland fire is located in the Cleveland National Forest near Decker Canyon, approximately 4 miles from the main divide and the Riverside County line. At this time, this fire is being managed by the United States Forest Service with support from Cal Fire. It is estimated it would take several hours before this fire could reach the City of Lake Elsinore. City staff is in close contact with the Riverside County Office of Emergency Services and will be providing updates as they become available.

For additional information, please contact or view the following resources:

Riverside County Fire Department/Office of Emergency Services: (951) 736-1811
http://www.rvcfire.org/incidentInformation/IncidentFactSheets/Pages/default.aspx  

US Forest Service Incident Information System:
http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3599/

City of Lake Elsinore: (951) 674-3124
www.Lake-Elsinore.org  

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