News Update!!: Lake Elsinore, CA: Brush fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest near Lake Elsinore, California.
** Updated at 1:00am PT on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013: **
A brush fire burning in the Morrell Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest near Lake Elsinore, California.
** Brush Fire Burned and containment Information: **
– The brush fire has burned around 1,416 acres, down form 1,500 acres Tuesday morning.
– The brush fire is at 30 percent contained.
** Brush Fire Location: **
– The brush fire named, “Falls Fire” was reported around 10:00am PT on Monday in the Morrell Canyon area and was burning about 5 miles west of Lake Elsinore, California just off the Highway 74.
– The brush fire on Monday was moving east into Decker Canyon.
** Brush Fire Behavior: **
– Creeping, backing and smoldering. Possible areas of head fie rus exist where wind and slope come into alignment.
– The brush fire has established itself in the San Mateo Wilderness, but is holding at the ridge lines.
** Planned Actions to Battling the Brush Fire: **
– Structure protection, construct fire line using hand line and hose lines. Improve Decker Canyon Road.
** Brush Fire Damages: **
At this moment, a outbuilding was burned in this brush fire, but there has been no other reports of damage to buildings or homes.
** Brush Fire Injuries: **
– 2 firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and a resident was treated for some medical issues.
** Emergency Evacuations: **
– Due to the brush fire burning, the Trabuco Ranger District the San Mateo Wilderness, El Cariso Campground, Blue Jay Campground, the Firefighter Memorial Picnic Area, and Wildomar OHV area are closed until further notice.
– Earlier Tuesday, evacuations orders were still in progress for Decker Canyon residents. As of Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, the evacuation order for the Decker Canyon Area has been lifted and residents may return to their homes via the aforementioned escort schedule.
** Emergency Evacuation Centers: **
– An evacuation center was set up at Lakeside High School located at 32593 Riverside Drive in Lake Elsinore, California.
** Personal and Equipment Battling the Brush Fire: **
– There is around 1,000 total personnel including 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.
– Firefighters are dealing with dense brush and steep rugged terrain.
** Cause of the Brush Fire: **
– The cause of the brush fire was not immediately determined and is under investigation.
**** Weather Alert!!: Weather Conditions In The Brush Fire Area: ****
– Wednesday: Sunny, High 82*F. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
– Wednesday Night: Patchy fog after 11:00pm PT. Otherwise, mostly clear, Low 59*F. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
– Thursday: Patchy fog before 11:00am PT. Otherwise, sunny, High 80*F. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
– Thursday Night: Mostly clear, Low 58*F. West wind around 5 mph becoming north in the evening.
** More weather condition information for this area at the following National Weather Service website address: **
** Weather radar information for this area at the following National Weather Service website address: **
**** Traffic Alert!!: Roads, Highways, and Interstates Closures In The Brush Fire Area: ****
– As of Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, Highway 74 to be opened to residents only via California Highway Patrol (CHP) Escort:
Incident commanders from the Falls Fire and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be re-opening Highway 74 to residents only beginning at 5:00pm PT this evening.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will be escorting local residents only; utilizing the following daily schedule until the roadway is repaired and fully open to traffic:
** 5:00pm to 630pm PT (Daily) **
** 7:30pm to 8:30pm PT (Daily) **
** 5:30am to 7:30am PT (Daily) **
These California Highway Patrol (CHP) Escort are necessary to provide residents safe travel through the fire area and to provide for the safety of firefighters working around the clock on the fire lines.
Incident commanders and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) would like to thank the local residents for their patience and understanding as we implement this vital safety measure.
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