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Holy Fire Updates

Update 1: 8/7/2018
Update 2: 8/9/2018
Update 3: 8/14/2018


Update 3: 8/14/2018
Holy Fire containment exceeds 50 percent in southern California, US, as of Aug. 13. Some evacuation orders lifted. 

This alert affects Orange County, California

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Orange and Riverside counties, California
  • Start Date: Aug. 13
  • Impact: Evacuations; road closures; possible power outages

Click on the above image for an interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones as of August 14, 2018.

Summary
Crews continue to battle the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest, approximately 25 km (15 miles) east of Irvine, in southern California. As of Aug. 13, the fire has expanded in parts of Orange and Riverside counties to encompass around 9,192 hectares (22,714 acres). However, the blaze is 52-percent contained, and crews expect to fully contain it by Aug. 17. Nearly 1,450 personnel are working to control the fire, which has destroyed at least 18 structures. Crews are currently working to limit the spread of the fire northward beyond Coldwater Canyon and south to the El Cariso Village area.

Officials lifted evacuation orders in Horsethief, Glen Eden, Riverside, Machado, Shoreline, Sycamore Creek, McVicker, and Rice. Thousands of people remain displaced in the following areas:

  • Holy Jim Canyon community
  • Trabuco Canyon Recreation Tract
  • Blue Jay and Falcon campground areas
  • El Cariso Village
  • Rancho Capistrano

Authorities have established evacuation centers at Temescal Canyon High School on El Toro Road, Lake Elsinore. All trails and recreational areas in the fire area remain closed.

Transport
The Holy Fire has caused localized transport disruptions across Orange and Riverside counties. As of Aug. 13, officials have closed SR-74 between San Juan Capistrano and Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore. All roads within the wildfire perimeter and the evacuated communities are also closed until further notice. Anticipate the status of these roads to change over the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility from smoke could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

Advice
Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke.

Resources
Holy Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov
Cleveland National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov
California Road Conditions: quickmap.dot.ca.gov


Update 2: 8/9/2018 
Holy Fire grows in southern Calif., US, Aug. 9. Evacuation orders expanded in Riverside County. Expect transport disruptions.

This alert affects Orange County, California

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Orange and Riverside counties, California
  • Start Date: Aug. 6
  • Impact: Evacuations; road closures; possible power outages

Click on the above image for an interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones as of August 9, 2018.

Summary 

The Holy Fire, which ignited in the Cleveland National Forest on Aug. 6, has expanded in parts of Orange and Riverside counties. As of Aug. 9, crews estimate that the fire has burned approximately 2,677 hectares (9,614 acres) and is only 5-percent contained. Nearly 600 personnel from multiple fire agencies are working to control the blaze, which has destroyed at least 12 structures. Fire behavior will spread the perimeter to the south, east, and north in the coming days, possibly threatening communities in Riverside County near Lake Elsinore. Officials hope to fully contain the blaze by Aug. 15; however, this date is subject to change due to weather conditions over the coming days.

Because of the rapid spread of the wildfire and the limited containment, authorities have placed over 20,000 residents under mandatory evacuation orders in the following areas:

  • Holy Jim Canyon community
  • Trabuco Canyon Recreation Tract
  • Trabuco Ranger District
  • Blue Jay and Falcon campground areas
  • El Cariso Campground
  • McVicker, Rice, Horsethief, Indian, and Mayew canyons
  • Rancho Capistrano
  • Glen Eden
  • Sycamore Creek
  • Ortega Highway corridor (between Lookout Roadhouse to Nichols Institute)

Evacuation orders could expand in the coming days, depending on fire conditions. Authorities have established an emergency shelter at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Transport

The Holy Fire has caused localized transport disruptions in Orange and Riverside counties. As of Aug. 9, officials have closed SR-74 between San Juan Capistrano and Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore. All roads within the wildfire perimeter and the evacuated communities are also closed until further notice. Anticipate the status of these roads to change over the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility from smoke could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

The Holy Fire is approximately 25 km (15 miles) east of Irvine.

Advice

Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke.

Resources
Holy Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov
Cleveland National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov
California Road Conditions: quickmap.dot.ca.gov


Update 1: 8/10/2018
Crews battle Holy Fire in Cleveland National Forest, Orange County, Calif., US, Aug. 7. Evacuations and road closures ongoing.

This alert affects Orange County, California

  • Incident: Wildfire
  • Location: Holy Jim Canyon, Orange County
  • Start Date: Aug. 6
  • Impact: Evacuations; road closures; possible power outages

Click on the above image for an interactive map to view wildfires affected area, perimeters, and evacuation zones.

Summary

Firefighters are working to contain a rapidly growing wildfire in Orange County's Cleveland National Forest. The Holy Fire, which ignited during the afternoon of Aug. 6 near Holy Jim and Trabuco Canyon roads, has burned approximately 1,619 hectares (4,000 acres) and is zero-percent contained. Nearly 600 personnel from multiple fire agencies are working to control the blaze, which has destroyed at least two structures as of Aug. 7. Officials have not provided an estimated containment date for the blaze, the cause of which is under investigation.

Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for the following areas:

  • Holy Jim Canyon community
  • Trabuco Canyon Recreation Tract
  • Trabuco Ranger District
  • Blue Jay and Falcon campground areas
  • El Cariso Campground

Evacuation orders could expand in the coming days, depending on fire conditions. Authorities have established an emergency shelter at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Transport

The Holy Fire has caused some localized transport disruptions in Orange County. As of Aug. 7, officials with Cleveland National Forest have closed Trabuco Creek, Maple Springs, North Main Divide, Bedford, and Indian Truck Trail roads near the wildfire complex. Anticipate the status of these roads, and others in Cleveland National Forest, to change over the coming days due to fire activity and the needs of response operations. Low visibility from smoke could contribute to traffic delays and congestion in the region.

The Holy Fire is approximately 25 km (15 miles) east of Irvine.

Advice

Heed all evacuation orders. Seek updated information on road conditions if driving in the affected area; road closures and detours are likely. Individuals not under evacuation warnings should consider remaining inside well-ventilated, air-conditioned spaces to reduce exposure to smoke.

Resources
Holy Fire Information: inciweb.nwcg.gov
Cleveland National Forest: www.fs.usda.gov
California Road Conditions: quickmap.dot.ca.gov