UPDATE ROAD CLOSURES: Cleveland National Forest: road at the Tenaja Junction and Los Alamos near La Cuesta .
La Cresta Road Closures: Avenida La Cresta X Clinton Keith Rd., Calle Centro X Avenida La Cresta, Avenida Bonita X Avenida La Cresta, Calle De Campanero X Avenida La Cresta, Calle Bandido X Avenida La Cresta, Calle Bandido X Hombre Lane
UPDATE: Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m.
- The fire is approximately 750 acres and 15% contained.
- Fire direction of spread has shifted to the south and west, slowing the spread on the northern flank. Air and ground assets are working to establish control lines along the southern and eastern edges of the fire in anticipation of a wind shift this afternoon.
- Current wind direction is South to West
- If wind direction changes between 1300 and 1400 hrs. this afternoon due to the Elsinore Affect, the wind shift would change wind directions to North and South East which could push the fire into the La Cresta, Bear Creek and /or Lakeland Village areas
- Northwest La Cresta is currently under Mandatory Evacuation Orders: Calle De Lobo (Northern Border), Villa Serrano (Western border), Hombre Ln (Southern/Eastern Border), Avenida La Cresta (North East)
- If the wind shift this afternoon causes the fire to encroach the North La Cresta area, the areas currently under a voluntary evacuation warning will likely be placed under Mandatory Evacuation also
- Riverside Sheriff’s Department in coordination with the California Highway Patrol have closed several roads in the area of North La Cresta
- Sheriff Public Information is working with CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire to put out current closures on social media platforms
- The reception and care site transitioned to a shelter at approx. 2300 hrs. last night.
- American Red Cross is managing and staffing the shelter. Riverside County Dept. of Public Social Services (DPSS) is working with American Red Cross and is ready to assist with staffing if required.
- There are currently no residents at the site; however, residents have been coming in periodically to obtain information, get snacks, etc.
- Riverside County Emergency Management Department remains on scene supporting incident activities. The EMD Duty Officer can be reached at (951) 940-6948.
UPDATE: Oct. 27, 10:48 a.m.
Some schools in the Murrieta Valley Unified School district are releasing students early because of concerns the Wildomar fire could flare up this afternoon, district officials said.
Students at Cole Canyon Elementary, Thompson Middle School, Murrieta Valley High School and Murrieta Canyon Acadamy will be dismissed early, according to posts on the district’s social media pages.
Parents can begin picking up their children from Cole Canyon Elementary at 10:15 a.m, from Thompson Middle school starting 11:15 a.m., from Murrieta Valley High School at 10:30 a.m. and from Murrieta Canyon Academy at 10:30 a.m.
Students who ride on bus routes that were not impacted by the fire this morning will be released at the times listed and dropped off at their bus stops.
The Lake Elsinore Unified School District has not announced any early dismissals at this point.
If students ride the bus on routes that were not impacted this morning, students will be released at the above times to ride the bus home and students will be dismissed to parents at their bus stop.
K-5 Students who are not picked up will be held at the schools until parents, guardians or emergency contacts can pick them up. Middle school students will be dismissed similarly or students may show staff verification of parent authorization to release at the established dismissal time through cell phone message.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
In spite of the Wildomar Fire burning in the La Cresta area of Murrieta near Wildomar and Lake Elsinore, it’s business as usual for Murrieta Valley Unified School District and Lake Elsinore Unified School District, officials announced earlier this morning.
“All MVUSD schools will be open today,” MVUSD announced on Twitter at about 5:30 a.m.
While school remains open for students of the district, bus transportation will be impacted in the La Cresta and Bear Creek areas, the district said.
Meanwhile in Lake Elsinore, the district took to its webpage and social media sites to announce that school would be open for students there as well.
“All LEUSD Schools will be open on Friday, Oct. 27, including David A Brown MS, Wildomar ES, William Collier ES, Donald Graham ES, and Lakeland Village School,” district officials said, adding that the school bus transportation and bell schedules would run as normally planned.
“Air Quality protocol will be followed,” the district said.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a statement late Thursday, Oct. 26, announcing air quality had become unhealty for sensitive groups. SCAQMD recommends keeping doors and windows shut during times when air quality begins to decline.
“When air quality is in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups range, members of sensitive groups may experience health effects, but the general public is unlikely to be affected,” SCAQMD said. “Persons with heart or lung disease, children, older adults, and people who are active outdoors may be sensitive and therefore at greater risk. People in the sensitive groups should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.”
As of 6:30 a.m., the Wildomar Fire remains at 350-acres and 15 percent containment, according to fire officials. An update from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department is expected shortly after 7 a.m., this morning.
All evacuation orders for the fire remain in effect.
Currently evacuations have been issued for the gated community of Bear Creek, located in Murrieta.
Other streets in the community of La Cresta under an evacuation warning are Avenida Castilla, Via Caballaos, Calle De Suenos, Sierra Maria Road, Vista Flora Road, Teich Lane, Valle Vista, Via Sevilla, Paseo De Flores and Paseo Chapparo. The area involved is west of Grand Avenue, north of Avenida La Cresta, and south of Calle De Lobo in the La Cresta Community.
Evacuations were issued for the Lakeland Village community area west of Grand Avenue, north of McVicar Street and south of Akley Street in the cities of Lake Elsinore and Wildomar shortly after 8 p.m., last night.
A Care & Reception Center has been opened at Lake Elsinore High School gym, located at 21800 Canyon Dr. in Wildomar, for those affected by the fire.
Both the San Jacinto Animal Campus, located at 581 South Grand Avenue in San Jacinto, and Animal Friends of the Valleys, located at 33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar, are taking in animals for those affected by the fire.
Motorists should avoid Grand Avenue due to traffic and emergency vehicles.
No injuries have been reported in the blaze.
In other fire news, the Riverside County Transportation Department announced via Twitter that Clinton Keith Road was closed to traffic at 5 a.m. at Avenida La Cresta due to the Wildomar Fire.
The Murrieta Police Department is urging travelers to watch for road closures and evacuation notices.
“Stay clear of those areas as fire crews continue to work,” MPD said on an early morning tweet.
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