Update: Falls Fire burns 1,500 acres in Riverside; one firefighter injured

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Flames from the Falls Fire in Riverside rise above a mountain on Aug. 5, 2013.

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?A wildfire in Cleveland National Forest has forced the evacuation of three communities in Riverside and Lake Elsinore Monday, reports NBC4.

Falls Fire

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A screenshot of the rapidly burning Falls Fire near Lake Elsinore


?Update 8 p.m. Monday: The Falls Fire has spread to 1,500 acres with zero containment and one firefighter suffering minor heat-related injuries, U.S. Forest service spokeswoman Vickie Wright told KPCC. 

There's currently 55 engines and 5 air tankers deployed at the fire, which seems to be moving in a Southeast direction, said Wright. Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for Lakeland Village, Decker Canyon and Rancho Capistrano residents.

"We do have crews that are still deployed on the hill," said Wright. "We have quite a few resources that are here with us right now — all making sure we have ample fire and structure protection."

No homes have been damaged, said Wright. She was unsure if air craft would be used to contain the fire at dark. 

Previously: A wildfire in Cleveland National Forest has forced the evacuation of three communities in Riverside and Lake Elsinore Monday, reports the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. 

The Falls Fire is showing "no sign of slowing down," NBC4's Jacob Rascon told KPCC from the scene. "The wind is really bizarre out here. ... They call it the Lake Elsinore effect."

Latest reports show that the fire has burned 1,200 acres with 265 personnel on the scene and zero containment. There is no confirmation of homes being destroyed. 

The fire was first reported about 10 a.m. near Ortega Highway (SR-74) at Decker Canyon, reported Riverside County Fire Department. 

The following areas have been evacuated. 

  • Mandatory evacuations for Lakeland Village, Decker Canyon and Rancho Capistrano residents.
  • Ortega Highway is closed to non-residents.
  • Closures are at Grand Ave in Lake Elsinore and Antionio Parkway in Orange County.

This story had been updated.

 

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