WILDOMAR, Calif. (FOX 11 / AP) - A wildfire burning south of Lake Elsinore in the Cleveland National Forest had grown to 850 acres and was 50 percent contained by Friday evening.
Authorities lifted evacuated orders for about 200 homes in the La Cresta area of Murrieta Friday evening.
"Residents may continue to see smoke coming from the interior of the burn until materials are fully consumed," fire officials said in a news release. "Remember, use caution and good judgement, hazards may still exist."
#WildomarFire MANDATORY Evacuation issued. Area involved is w/o Grand Ave n/o Avenida La Cresta & s/o Calle De Lobo in La Cresta Community.— Cleveland NF (@ClevelandNF) October 27, 2017
Nearly 1,000 firefighters are battling the flames. Four water-dropping helicopters and 4 water-dropping DC-10s provided support from above.
The terrain in the area is steep and filled with thick brush, making it a challenging fire to contain.
The wildfire erupted Thursday afternoon. CHP officials said it started when a dirt bike on an off-road trail hit a bump and crashed into a tree. The throttle stuck and the engine's revving ignited leaking gasoline. A spokesperson for the Cleveland National Forest, however, could not confirm that.
The rider had minor injuries.