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By Jeff Pack

Community under mandatory evacuation orders in Holy Fire burn area

Two more areas added to voluntary evacuation zones


Last updated 1/17/2019 at 11:13am

The Laguna A zone area near the Holy Fire burn area has been issued a mandatory evacuation order as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Earlier in the afternoon, two more evacuation zones — Alvarado A and Laguna B — were added Wednesday, Jan.16 to the voluntary evacuation warning already set in place by the County of Riverside.

The warning already includes Amorose, Alberhill, Alvarado A, Glen Ivy A, Glen Ivy B, Glen Eden, Grace, Horsethief A, Laguna B, Maitri, McVicker A, Rice and Withrow A.

A shelter is open at Temescal Canyon High School, located at 28755 El Toro Rd in Lake Elsinore. For more information, visit or call (951) 940-6985.

Widespread showers of low to medium intensity hung over Riverside County most of the Tuesday and Wednesday, but the inclement weather did not trigger flooding, which was forecast for Thursday in some spots.

"On Thursday, a more impressive atmospheric river will bring even more substantial rain,'' according to a National Weather Service statement. "This system is trending ... with greatest amounts of (precipitation) in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The Inland Empire could receive 1 to 2 inches of rain. This system may bring the greatest risk of flash flooding.''

According to the National Weather Service, the heaviest rain was concentrated in Murrieta on Tuesday, which got close to an inch.

Lake Elsinore and the Temescal Valley, where Riverside County officials were maintaining a close watch for mud and debris flows stemming from the burn scar in the Cleveland National Forest, recorded about three-quarters of an inch of rain, but it fell over eight hours, sparing the area from flooding.

The National Weather Service warned, "there is the potential of mudslides and debris flows at recent burn scars, particularly near the Holy Fire burn scar. Debris flows can happen suddenly with little time to act. Heed the advice of local officials. In addition, street flooding is possible along with the possibility of some road closures."

Rain on Tuesday caused debris flow and closed some streets in Lake Elsinore. Temescal Canyon Road from Indian Truck Trail to Horsethief Canyon, Lincoln, east of Westwind. were closed at 8 p.m. due to flooding and debris flows.

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City News Service contributed to this report.


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