Evacuation Orders Lifted as Fast-Moving Norco Fire Contained

Evacuation warnings in Norco, California, were lifted on the morning of Wednesday, March 4, after a wind-driven fire threatened homes on the morning of March 3.

The fast-spreading fire initially prompted mandatory evacuation orders yesterday.

The Mann Fire in the Santa Ana River Wildlife Area grew to 175 acres by 3.30 pm Tuesday, and remained that size as firefighters worked to contain it.

In an update issued at 6 am on Wednesday, fire officials said the fire was 35 percent contained, and that evacuation warnings remained in place for affected areas. Just over two hours later, all warnings were lifted.

Officials said on Tuesday that five properties sustained “minor damage to fencing and outbuildings” and two people were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Corona Fire Department, which assisted Riverside County Fire crews on Tuesday, said they “encountered high winds and heavy fire conditions” and were battling the fire for about 10 hours. This footage from the Corona Fire Department shows flames and dark smoke rising from brush. Credit: Corona Fire Department via Storyful