LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Falls Fire Map 2013 grew today for the Lake Elsinore, California wildfire in Riverside County. The latest update on the Falls Fire Map indicates that the wildfire is near the Ortega Highway, west of Lake Elsinore. Decker Canyon and Rancho Capistrano are on mandatory evacuation orders today August 5, 2013 with the evacuation zone area likely to be increased.
The latest news update today on the Falls Fire Map 2013 indicates rapid expansion. New evacuation orders are in place, road closures have been announced, and tracking of the fire is still be determined. The Falls Fire is being battled by the Cleveland National Forest team, not by CalFire solely. Officials in a news statement tonight indicate new evacuations. “Falls Fire mandatory evacuations for Decker Canyon and Rancho Capistrano residents.” Lakeside High School in Lake Elsinore is the designated evacuation center tonight.
Road closures have been issued as well. “Ortega Highway is closed to non-residents. Closures are at Grand Ave in Lake Elsinore and Antionio Parkway on the west side.”
CalFire tells news that it is assisting the U.S Forest Service. But they add that “This is not a CAL FIRE incident.” The fire in Riverside, County started today August 5, 2013 10:10 am. The latest update was given this evening. The fire is being handled by the Cleveland National Forest Administrative Unit. In a news statement, CalFire indicates that “CAL FIRE is assisting the US Forest Service with a fire off the Ortega Hwy, west of Lake Elsinore on the Cleveland National Forest”.
Located in the Morrell Canyon section of Riverside county, the fire reached eight hundred acres by 5 pm tonight. Fifty homes are on mandatory evacuation order tonight. Meantime, El Cariso Campground, El Cariso South Picnic Area, the California Wildland Firefighters Memorial Highway and the Wildomar Off-Highway Vehicle Area are closed. Grand Avenue, Antonio Parkway, and some of the South Main Divide Road are closed. No structures are reported damaged. For continuing coverage click HERE. For the latest fire map, click HERE and look on the left bottom and select “Falls Fire”.