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Wildomar fire fully contained, but smoke will continue

By in Press Enterprise on October 31, 2017

By Gail Wesson

Firefighters achieved full containment Monday evening, Oct. 30, of the 866-acre Wildomar fire in the Cleveland National Forest, according to a tweet by Cal Fire.

The U.S. Forest Service had forecast that the wildfire would be encircled by a fire break on Monday, but noted, “residents can expect to see interior burning and drift smoke within the fire perimeter until all material is consumed.”

The state fire agency, Orange County Fire Authority and Forest Service all had roles in stopping the fire, which started Thursday when a dirt bike crashed in the Wildomar Off-Highway Vehicle Area within the national forest.

Residents of about 200 homes were ordered to evacuate and residents of about twice that many in Wildomar and Lakeland Village were warned to be prepared for possible evacuation. No homes were lost in the fire.

However, there was damage to the OHV area and a nearby campground, both of which will be closed for repairs for the foreseeable future.

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