Some evacuation orders lifted in San Bernardino County towns hit by debris flows
Rescue workers work in the vicinity of the Creek Street area at an evacuation orders site Wednesday, June 27, 2014, in San Bernardino, Calif. San Bernardino County has lifted evacuation orders for a number of the communities at risk of mudslides and debris flows in the wake of a devastating series of wildfires in the region. less Rescue workers work in the vicinity of the Creek Street area at an evacuation orders site Wednesday, June 27, 2014, in San Bernardino, Calif. San Bernardino County has lifted evacuation orders for a number of the… more Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle Image 1 of / 23 Caption Close evacuation orders lifted in San Bernardino County towns hit by debris flows 1 / 23 Back to Gallery
San Bernardino County has lifted evacuation orders for at least some neighborhoods in the county hit hard by fires that had threatened the region, officials said Thursday.
The evacuations were lifted for the area around the Creek Street shopping plaza and a nearby residential area near the San Bernardino National Forest. Many residents in the two areas had evacuated immediately after being told of the fires.
Officials also have ordered a temporary evacuation for a residential area in the foothills just south of the city of San Bernardino near the state line with Mexico.
The evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday for homes near the San Diego County line, which is expected to be next for people in some of the county’s smaller communities.
Officials said fire activity is still occurring inside of that area and they will continue to provide updates.
There also is still concern about wildfire smoke rising from the debris.
Residents are being asked to report any smoke smell at their neighborhoods, and they are encouraged to contact their local fire department to follow up on any complaints.
The evacuation orders were lifted from areas where fire activity was limited.
Officials said they lifted evacuation orders at about noon on Wednesday, though that order doesn’t apply to everything.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and will re-evaluate any evacuation order, based on conditions, as circumstances warrant,” said Fire Chief Ralph Strangis