Update 8/9/2013 6:30 p.m.: The "Falls" fire is 100% contained. Final size is 1,393 acres.
UPDATE 8/8/2013 7:15 p.m.: The fire is still 1,416 acres and 95% contained.
UPDATE 8/8/2013 8:00 a.m.: Fire is 85% contained. No change in acreage. Resources remain committed to bring fire to full containment. Ortega Highway (SR74) is intermittently open to residents with proof of address.
UPDATE 6:56 P.M.: THE FIRE IS STILL 1,416 ACRES WITH 78% CONTAINMENT.
UPDATE 7:21 A.M. 8/7/2013: THE FIRE IS STILL 1,416 ACRES WITH 73% CONTAINMENT.
UPDATE 7:19 P.M. 8/6/2013: THE FIRE IS CURRENTLY 1,416 ACRES AND 30% CONTAINED.
UPDATE 5:30 P.M. 8/6/2013: STATE HWY 74 TO BE OPENED TO RESIDENTS ONLY VIA CHP ESCORT:
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:
5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. daily
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily
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. Incident Commanders and the CHP would like to thank local residents for their patience as we implement this vital safety measure.
Additionally, the evacuation order for Decker Canyon has been lifted and residents may return to their homes via the aforementioned escort schedule.
Update 8/6/2013 11:45 a.m.: Fire is 1500 acres and 20% contained. USFS (CNF) and CAL FIRE remain in unified command for this incident.
Update 8/6/2013 9:00 a.m.: Fire is 1416 acres and 20% contained. USFS (CNF) and CAL FIRE remain in unified command for this incident.
The fire information center has transitioned to the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department Public Affairs Bureau. Updates on the incident will be posted as information becomes available.
EARLIER INCIDENT UPDATES:
UPDATE 11:00 P.M. 8/5/2013: EVACUATION ORDERS FOR RESIDENTS IN LAKELAND VILLAGE AND RANCHO CAPISTRANO HAVE BEEN LIFTED, HOWEVER, RESIDENTS OF DECKER CANYON REMAIN UNDER MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS.
ROAD CLOSURES REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR SR HWY 74 (ORTEGA HWY) BETWEEN GRAND AVENUE AND ANTIONIO PARKWAY. GRAND AVENUE IS OPENED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.
CAL FIRE IS IN UNIFIED COMMAND WITH THE USFS, CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST AND IS ASSISTING THE FIREFIGHT WITH OVER 360 PERSONNEL AND WILL BE ASSIGNED THROUGHOUT THE INCIDENT UNTIL THE FIRE IS CONTROLLED.
CAL FIRE/RIVERSIDE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT INFORMATION OFFICE IS OPEN AND STAFFED 24/7 : 951-940-6985