Reuters has reported that over 4000 residents of Temecula, California have been evacuated with another 3,976 under evacuation orders due to the Highland Wildfire that is blazing through Southern California. 

The Highland Fire started around 12:45 PM on Monday, October 30 near Highlands Road and Aganga Rancos Road. The fire spread rapidly, burning almost 2,500 acres by Tuesday, October 31. About 1220 structures were under mandatory evacuation with another 1,136 homes under evacuation warnings.  

Cal Fire has been fighting the flames since Monday, however, the dry desert Santa Winds blowing west, the Highland Fire remains a cause for concern. 

On Wednesday, November 1, the Los Angeles Times reported several counties in Riverside and Orange County have now been issued Smoke advisory warnings. 

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is advising residents in the areas below to limit outdoor activities due to ash and smoke.  

  • Temecula 
  • Murrieta 
  • Wildomar 
  • Lake Elsinore 
  • Areas west of San Clemente and other parts of Orange County. 

As of Wednesday, November 1, the fire has remained 10% and has destroyed three structures and damaged six. In addition, one firefighter has been injured. 

Firefighting efforts have kept the fire from spreading further with several neighboring fire stations assisting in efforts to curb the fire from spreading west and southwest. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  

An updated report from NBC Los Angeles has listed evacuation orders, and evacuation warnings for areas affected by the Highland Fire. CaseyGerry urges all in those areas to heed officials’ warnings and remain diligent for updates.  

Evacuation Orders have been issued for the following areas: 

  • South of Sage/Golden Eagle Drive 
  • East of Becker Lane 
  • West of Boulder Vista 
  • North of Cottonwood Creek 
  • South of Highway 371 
  • West of Sorest 
  • North of County Line Road 
  • North of San Diego County line 
  • South of Highway 79 
  • East of Forest Route 8S07 
  • West of Crosley Truck Trail 

 Also, evacuation warnings have been issued for the following areas: 

  • East of Vail Lake Resort 
  • West of Shirley Way 
  • North of David Street 
  • South of Pueblo Road/Exa Ely Road 
  • West of Cahuilla Tribal Reservation Boundary
  • North of County Line Road

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