LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – The Falls Fire Map 2013 improved overnight. The Lake Elsinore Fire was halted in its advance through Riverside County, CA Tuesday evening. Evacuation orders have been lifted. And scheduling orders have been issued to allow residents back to their homes.
The Falls Fire Map did not advance significantly late yesterday. In their latest news update, officials indicate that the fire is now at thirty percent containment. On Monday, officials told news that “evacuation orders have been lifted for residents of Decker Canyon.” On Tuesday evening, those lifted orders were expanded. “These escorts 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 firelines.” Officials also told news that “Incident Commanders and the CHP would like to thank local residents for their patience as we implement this vital safety measure.”
No evacuation orders shall remain in place. “Additionally, the evacuation order for Decker Canyon has been lifted and residents may return to their homes via the aforementioned escort schedule.”
Moreover, road closures were lifted overnight. Traffic may continue through this morning. “Incident Commanders from the “Falls” Fire and the California Highway Patrol will re-open State Hwy. 74 (Ortega Highway) beginning at 5:00 p.m. 8/5/2013. CHP will be escorting local residents only; utilizing the following daily schedule until the roadway is repaired and fully opened to the public”. By 8 pm last night, the fire was held at 1416 acres and thirty percent containment, officials tells news. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. For continuing coverage click HERE. For the latest fire map, click HERE.