Falls Fire – Riverside County, California – Info 8/5/2013

Updated 5:23 PM PST on 8/6/2013

InciWeb finally has full ongoing details of the fire including a map of the ignition point. The cause is still under investigation. As of now, 1,416 acres burned. Read more at: http://www.inciweb.org/incident/3599/

Updated 6:23 PM PST

Fire is up to 1,200 acres and has reached of the back walls of some neighbors in the Lakeland Village area that borders the Cleveland National Forest. A about a half hour earlier, a DC10 did a fire retardant drop along the edge of the neighborhood, but the fire burned right through.

Updated 5:28 PM PST

A snap shot from the NBC helicopter shows just how close the fire is approaching the City of Lake Elsinore.

Falls Fire near Lake Elsinore

Updated 5:25 PM PST


Some great video courtesy of NBC Los Angeles shows how close this fire is getting to the Lake Elsinore area.

Updated 3:25 PM PST

Calfire is doing a pretty good job with up-to-the minute incident updates. Plus they have a long-distance web cam shot of the fire. Check out their website:


Updated 3:14 PM PST

Listen to a live feed of the ongoing activities of CalFire, USFS and other agencies here:

Updated 3:07 PM PST, from Inciweb:

Falls Fire mandatory evacuations for Decker Canyon and Rancho Capistrano residents. Ortega Highway is closed to non-residents. Closures are at Grand Ave in Lake Elsinore and Antionio Parkway on the west side.

Last updated at 3:00 PM PST.

A fire broke out today around 1PM PST near the El Cariso Campground area of the San Mateo wilderness, which is near the Trabuco Ranger District of the Santa Ana Mountains. This is between the Lake Elsinore area and Orange County near Highway 74. The only official information so far is that it has grown to 175 acres. I have been monitoring the Riverside County Southwest area scanners for more info. I’ve heard over the scanner that they are evacuating people in the area.

Nearby mountain biking trails include the San Juan Trail which begins across the 74 freeway from this area. Obviously, this is an area to be avoided entirely until further notice.

I will update this post as I get more information. In the mean time, you can check the Inciweb website for info:


And here’s a map of the area:

Falls Fire Area - 08/05/2013


Mark Warrick
3F Bike Club