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Evacuation warnings lifted in Holy Fire burn scar area

 

Last updated 2/3/2019 at 10:07am

Update: Feb. 3, 9:45 a.m.

The Riverside County Emergency Management Department announced at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 that all evacuation warnings and orders were lifted in the Holy Fire burn scar areas.

"Conditions have improved for the Holy Fire burn area," the agency said. "All evacuation Warnings and Orders are now lifted."

The county said residents should keep a close eye on the county readiness website, RivCoReady.org/StormReady, for updates and information.

By 9:25 a.m., the County of Riverside Transportation Department reopened Temescal Canyon Road between Indian Truck Trail and Horsethief Canyon Road.

Update: Feb. 2, 7:45 p.m.

The Riverside County Emergency Management Department announced that the storm forecast has improved for the Holy Fire burn area and all evacuation orders have been downgraded to evacuation warnings.

For more information on the dangers of flooding and debris flows, go to RivCoReady.org/StormReady

Update: Feb. 2, 3:50 p.m.

LAKE ELSINORE - Zone Lakeside A was added to the mandatory evacuation list orders that were issued this morning for some Holy Fire burn areas as heavy rain pelted Riverside County and much of the rest of Southern California.

The Emergency Management Department advised residents in the following locations that they must go as of 3:20 p.m.:

-- Amorose

-- Alberhill

-- Glen Eden

-- Glen Ivy A

-- Glen Ivy B

-- Grace

-- Horsethief A

-- Laguna A

-- Lakeside A

-- Maitri

-- McVicker A

-- Rice

-- Withrow A

Alvarado A and Horsethief B remained under a voluntary evacuation warning.

The neighborhoods border the eastern boundary of the Cleveland National Forest.

Both mandatory and voluntary evacuation zones can be identified via maps provided by the EMD at http://www.RivCoReady.org/Storm-Ready, or by contacting officials at the county Emergency Operations Center, (951) 940-6985.

A care and reception center was established at Elsinore High School, 21800 Canyon Drive, Wildomar.

Update: Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m.

LAKE ELSINORE - Mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders remained in place and flooding prompted the closure of Temescal Canyon Road between Indian Truck Trail and Horsethief Canyon Road, located within the evacuation zones.

Downed power line caused the closure of Landerville Boulevard in the Lakeland Village area, which borders the western shore of Lake Elsinore, and Railroad Street between Cota Street and Lincoln Avenue in Corona.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch, effective 7 a.m. Saturday and ending at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. Most of western Riverside County was included in the watch.

"Heavy rainfall could trigger flash flooding in low-lying areas,'' according to the NWS. "Heavy rain capable of triggering debris flows is most likely between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday.''

"...Debris flow can bring mud, boulders, trees and water crashing down. It might not happen within the first rain. It might not happen during the second rain, or third. But it will happen and you and your family could be in grave danger if you become complacent,'' said Riverside County Fire Department Chief Shawn Newman in a video message posted on social media.

Both mandatory and voluntary evacuation zones can be identified via maps provided by the EMD at http://www.RivCoReady.org/Storm-Ready, or by contacting officials at the county Emergency Operations Center, (951) 940-6985.

Update: Feb. 2, 8 a.m.

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for some Holy Fire burn areas as heavy rain pelted Riverside County and much of the rest of Southern California on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The Emergency Management Department advised residents in the following locations that they must go as of 7 a.m.:

-- Amorose

-- Alberhill

-- Glen Eden

-- Glen Ivy A

-- Glen Ivy B

-- Grace

-- Horsethief A

-- Laguna A

-- Maitri

-- McVicker A

-- Rice

-- Withrow A

The neighborhoods border the eastern boundary of the Cleveland National Forest.

The voluntary evacuation zones can be identified via maps provided by the EMD at http://www.RivCoReady.org/Storm, or by contacting officials at the county Emergency Operations Center, (951) 940-6985.

Update: Feb. 1, 5:15 p.m.

LAKE ELSINORE - With heavy rainfall predicted to arrive late tonight, voluntary evacuation warnings were issued for neighborhoods bordering the eastern boundary of the Cleveland National Forest in Riverside County.

The Emergency Management Department advised residents in the following locations in the Temescal Valley and north Lake Elsinore to leave for safer locations as a precaution: Alberhill, Alvarado-A, Glen Eden, Glen Ivy, Grace, Horsethief-A, Laguna-A, Lakeside-A, Maitri, McVicker-A, Rice, and Withrow-A.

The voluntary evacuation zones can be identified via maps provided by the EMD at http://www.RivCoReady.org/Storm, or by contacting officials at the county Emergency Operations Center, (951) 940-6985.

A care and reception center has been established at Elsinore High School, 21800 Canyon Drive, Wildomar.

It was unknown when or if the county might issue mandatory evacuations, as it did when the first storm in the three-part series triggered thunderstorms Thursday.

Original story

RIVERSIDE - The second of three storms is expected to sweep into the region on Friday, Feb. 1, bringing heavier precipitation than the first storm throughout Riverside County, according to the National Weather Service.

Early Friday, the Riverside County Emergency Management Department reminded residents in burn scar areas to "get ready" for potential evacuations.

"Back to back storms could mean back to back evacuations," the statement read. "Stay alert and follow all evacuation instructions. Stay safe!"

Lake Elsinore is expected to see up to 1.8 inches of rainfall in this storm, the Riverside metropolitan area could get up to 1.2 inches and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning is forecast to get around 2 inches, meteorologists said. Up to 2.4 inches of rainfall is predicted for Idyllwild Saturday and the Coachella Valley will receive around a half-inch.

EMD officials urged residents to stay alert for evacuation orders and check maps at http://www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady for the latest evacuation information.

The Riverside County Emergency Management Department issued mandatory evacuation orders early Thursday morning for numerous communities near the recent Holy Fire burn area because of the increased risk of debris flows, but officials canceled all evacuation orders at 6 p.m. Thursday.

In a 24-hour period ending around 3 a.m., Temecula had received the highest rainfall in western Riverside County at .63 inches. Beaumont recorded .55 inches; Lake Elsinore .39 inches; Riverside Municipal Airport about .34 inches and Palm Springs about .19 inches, according to the National Weather Service

Partly cloudy skies are forecast throughout the county Friday before the most severe of the three storms sweeps into the region tonight, forecasters said.

The NWS issued a flash flood watch that will last from Saturday morning through Saturday evening for the county mountains, valleys, the Riverside metropolitan area and the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning. The Coachella Valley was not included in the flash flood watch.

A wide area skirting the eastern side of the national forest, bordering Lake Elsinore and the Temescal Valley, was left exposed to potential flood damage because of the 23,000-acre Holy Fire in August. The blaze, allegedly the work of an arsonist, denuded steep terrain below Santiago Peak, permitting water to flow unchecked onto lower slopes where subdivisions are situated.

Rain is expected to continue through Sunday afternoon then the third storm cell will bring lighter precipitation Monday morning through Tuesday, NWS meteorologist Stephanie Sullivan said, adding that the break between the final two storm cells is not expected to be as definitive as after the first.

Jeff Pack contributed to this report.

 

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