Breaking News!!: Lake Elsinore, CA: Brush fire burning in the Morrell Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest near Lake Elsinore, California.
A brush fire burning in the Morrell Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest near Lake Elsinore, California.
The brush fire named, “Falls Fire” had burned approximately 800 acres as of 5:00pm PT on Monday, August 5th, 2013.
The brush fire is burning about 5 miles west of Lake Elsinore, California just off the Highway 74.
The brush fire has prompted evacuations Monday.
A mandatory evacuation was ordered for approximately 50 homes in the Decker Canyon area.
Morrell Canyon Road was closed to non-residents.
El Cariso Campground, El Cariso South Picnic Area, the California Wildland Firefighters Memorial Highway, and the Wildomar Off-Highway Vehicle Area were also closed as a result of the brush fire.
By 2:50pm PT on Monday, August 5th, 2013, mandatory evacuations had been ordered for Rancho Capistrano just west of Lake Elsinore.
Mandatory evacuations were in effect at 5:00pm PT on Monday, August 5th, 2013 for Lakeland Village near Lake Elsinore, including the area of Grand Avenue at Ortega Highway and South Corydon Road.
Highway 74 was closed to non-residents of the area.
Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore was closed.
Antonio Parkway in Orange County was closed.
A portion of South Main Divide Road was closed.
An evacuation center was opened at Lakeside High School in Lake Elsinore.
Around 55 fire department trucks, 16 hand crews, 5 fixed wing aircraft, 5 helicopters, 2 bulldozers, and a DC-10 air-tanker are there battling the brush fire.
At this moment, there is no reports of injuries or damages from this brush fire.
The cause of the brush fire was not immediately determined.
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