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UPDATED: Fire Breaks Out in Hills Above Lake Elsinore

Fire crews said no structures were ever threatened.

Flames could be seen lighting up the sky in Lake Elsinore early Saturday morning.  Photo courtesy Lane Media.
Flames could be seen lighting up the sky in Lake Elsinore early Saturday morning. Photo courtesy Lane Media.

Updated Saturday 9 a.m.:

The Riverside County Fire Department reports the fire near Lake Elsinore was contained overnight to six acres.

Crews contained the blaze by 6 a.m.

According to fire reports, the dassignment consists of four engines, two handcrews, one water tender and one Incident Commander for a total of 44 firefighters.

Original Story Posted 12:15 a.m. Saturday:

More than 70 firefighters were battling a small, slow-moving brushfire above Lake Elsinore overnight Saturday.

The fire was reported around 10:15 p.m. Friday at the western end of the lake, Melody Hendrickson of CalFire said.

At 12:17 a.m., crews estimated the fire at six acres in size.

The fire was burning through heavy fuel, but no structures were threatened, Hendrickson said.

Though the fire was small in size, it could be seen throughout the area.

Lane Media was on scene and is uploading pictures from the blaze in a photo slideshow here.

Crews from 13 engines, totaling 72 firefighters were assigned to the so-called Ortega incident, according to fire logs.


— City News Service contributed to this report.


KELLY D. DIVINE May 07, 2014 at 08:42 PM
ChrisG, YOU MAKE SOME REALLY GOOD POINTS AND I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHY THE COUNTY IS ALLOWING THIS TO GO ON...BUT I DONT...YET. THE OLDER I GET THE MORE IM CONVINCED THAT WHEN SOMEONE ALLOWS SOMETHING THAT IS WRONG TO CONTINUE OR DENIES IT IS EVEN HAPPENING, THERE IS SOME TYPE OF PAYOFF INVOLVED. WITH A POLITICIAN IT USUALLY INVOLVES CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS...JUST THROWING THAT THOUGHT THERE, I REALLY DONT KNOW. BACK IN JULY THE COUNTY REASSURED ME THEY WERE HANDLING THE SITUATION, HOWEVER, THE COUNTY HAS BEEN DECEPTIVE ABOUT THE WHOLE MESS FROM THE GET GO. THE COUNTY TOLD ME AFTER THEY COULD LOCATE THE OWNERS, WHO LIVED IN CHINA, THEY HAD TO ASK THE OWNERS IF THEY GAVE PERMISSION TO THE PEOPLE TO STAY THERE, AS IF THAT MAKES A CAMPGROUND OF 150 PEOPLE LEGAL OR NOT. AS YOU POINTED OUT, THERE ISNT ANY FACILITIES FOR RESTROOMS, NO WATER(ALTHOUGH I HEARD ONE TRANSIENT DID MAKE A SHOWER, PROBABLEY WITH MATERIALS TAKEN FROM A HOMEOWNER NEAR THE CAMP, YEP THEY STOLED ONE MANS ENTIRE PLUMBING SYSTEM AND HIS ENTIRE ELECTRICAL WIRING SYSTEM TOO) NO TRASH SERVICE AND NO PERMITS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR CAMPING OR FIRE BURNING. IT WAS JUST STALL TACTICS AND FLUFF I WAS GETTING FROM THE COUNTY. MAYBE THEY WERE JUST TOO BUSY AT ONE OF THE FABULOUS GALAS THEY ATTEND ON OUR DIME, WHO KNOWS? I REMEMBER THE COUNTY COMMENTING THAT IF THEY FIND OUT THE OWNER HASNT BEEN FORTHRIGHT AND HAS DONE SOMETHING ILLEGAL, THE COUNTY MIGHT EVEN FINE THE OWNER. TALK ABOUT HAVING BALLS...SERIOUSLY? LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT...THE COUNTY MIGHT GET MONEY BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOB AND HAVE ALLOWED A HUGE DEVELOPMENT TO SET UP SHOP WHILE THE CONSTITUENTS IN THEIR DISTRICT ARE BEING ROBBED, HARRASSED AND BOTHERED AND THEY HAVE THINK THEY ARE ENTITLED TO MONEY. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING. I ALONG WITH EVERY OTHER PERSON THAT HAVE ENDURED THIS NIGHTMARE ARE THE ONES THAT DESERVE COMPENSATION, NOT THE COUNTY, THEY SHOULD BE FINED TOO. I SUGGEST THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DO WHAT THEY DO BEST....GALA HOPPING
Rae Anne Resident May 07, 2014 at 09:08 PM
I like how you can typer out ChrisGs name with small letters but you cain't figure out how to make small letters the rest of the time.
DB May 08, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Rae, her typing has nothing to do with the story or topic.....you're irrelevance is shining through again......I know focusing thoughts is difficult for the inbred Lake Elsinore Resident family, but please try to maintain focus on the topic........
Rae Anne Resident May 08, 2014 at 11:16 AM
DB Thank you for you unnerstandings. oh and I think you mint your not you're. never can trust them apostrofies.

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