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By Jeff Pack

Mandatory evacuations issued for portions of Lake Elsinore ahead of storm

No warnings issued for Cranston Fire burn area at this time


Last updated 12/2/2018 at 2:46pm

With thunderstorms predicted for the Holy Fire burn area on Thursday, Nov. 29, a mandatory evacuation was issued on Wednesday, Nov. 28 for residents in the Amorose, Alberhill, Glen Ivy A, Glen Eden, Grace, Horsethief A, Laguna A, Matri, McVicker A, Rice, Withrow A in Lake Elsinore.

According to the County of Riverside Emergency Management Department and its RivCoReady preparedness campaign, people in those zones "must go now," and first responders were out going door to door, informing residents of the evacuation orders.

A care and reception center is open at Temescal Canyon High School, at 28755 El Toro Road in Lake Elsinore. Evacuees' large and small animals will be accepted at the care and reception center and at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, 581 S. Grand Ave., San Jacinto, call 951-358-7387.

The rain predicted over the Cranston Fire burn area has changed. Rainfall is still expected Thursday however, based on current weather predictions, it is not expected to cause debris flows. There are no evacuation warnings, either voluntary or mandatory, in place at this time.

Rain capable of pushing debris flows is predicted for Wednesday and Thursday night over the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore and Cranston Fire in Idyllwild burn areas.

Debris flows are deadly, fast-moving landslides and there is a risk of flooding, mudflow, rock fall, and other landslides during and immediately after rain. The department said residents living in at-risk areas should get ready for potential future evacuations.

The county urged residents to stay vigilant and take personal responsibility for their safety and remind residents that once the rain starts, alerts may only be available to the public with just a few minutes notice, or not at all.

The National Weather Service in San Diego said a Pacific storm will bring rain and 30 miles per hour winds to Southern California, starting Wednesday evening and continuing through Thursday night and officials expect a half inch per hour. The greatest level of concern for residents in the burn areas will be Thursday morning through Thursday evening.

A weaker storm system is predicted to sweep into the region on Saturday.

Officials remind residents living in high-risk areas that it doesn't need to be raining at their home for there to be danger. Weather cells can produce high amounts of rain in canyons at higher elevations and cause debris flows that will endanger residents below.

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City News Service contributed to this report.


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