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Update at 7:09 a.m. Tuesday:
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has lifted the evacuation order for Lakeland Village as of 10:00 p.m. Monday, according to a Sheriff’s official.
The fire no longer appears to be a threat to the community, which Spokeswoman Vickie Wright said is composed of 5-10 acre ranches.
“Fire officials have determined the threat to Lakeland Village community from the 1,500 acre wildfire has been diminished,” Sheriff’s Deputy Albert Martinez said in a Riverside County Sheriff’s report. “Firefighting personnel and equipment are still working in and around the affected areas.”
Decker Canyon and Rancho Capistrano still appear to be under evacuation notices.
Update at 10:32 p.m.: Firefighters are still battling the blaze, which remains close to 1500 acres in size and has now caused structural damage and injured two firefighters, according to a Forestry Department representative.
All resources remain in the area, including 400-500 firefighters on the ground, according to Spokeswoman Vickie Wright.
Wright said that since it is night time, fire officials believe the fire will subside to some extent.
“Of course since it’s night time the fire’s gonna lay down a little bit,” she said. “However, for tomorrow morning, we have everyone ready to go.”
Two Forestry Service firefighters sustained heat-related injuries and were quickly transported to the hospital, according to Wright.
Wright said she expected the Ortega Highway to be closed down at least through tomorrow night.
Wright had a special message for residents, who she said are her friends and neighbors.
“We’re taking great care of you,” she said. “You’re our first priority and you will be our first priority. It’s safety first and we’re going to make sure everybody’s going to be OK.”
Update at 9:23 p.m.: The ‘Falls Fire’ that started outside Lake Elsinore in the Cleveland National Forest has grown to approximately 1500 acres and fire officials are now calling for the evacuation of three communities, according to a report by Fire Officials.
Lakeland Village, Rancho Capistrano and Decker Canyon residents now face mandatory evacuation.
The Ortega Highway remains closed to nonresidents, according to the report.
A quickly-growing 1200 acre wildland fire has prompted the evacuation of two residential areas near Lake Elsinore and required the arrival of multiple fire crews, air-tankers and engines, fire officials reported today.
The “Falls Fire” as it’s coming to be known has prompted the closure of Grand Avenue between Corydon and Lincoln streets by the Cleveland National Forest near Lake Elsinore and has required hard evacuation notices for the residential communities of Lakeland Village and Rancho Capistrano, U.S. Forestry Service Administrative Liason Vickie Wright said.=
Additionally, the Ortega Highway has been closed between Grand Avenue and Antonio , according to Wright.
55 engines, 16 handcrews, five airtankers and one DC10 jetliner have arrived in the area to work on the quickly-growing blaze, Wright said.
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