Orange County Holy Fire Update Wednesday August 8 2018

Holy Fire Courtesy of OCSD
Holy Fire Courtesy of OCSD

Orange County California Holy Fire is ongoing Wednesday August 8 2018.
The Fire is at 6200 acres with 5% containment.
The Holy Fire began on Monday August 7 2018 at 1:21pm in Holy Jim Canyon.

The Fire Spread quickly with high temperatures in the steep terrain.
This is a fuel driven fire that is spread thru chaparral, short grass and brush.
The Cause of the Holy Fire is considered to be man made.

Holy Fire Update Wednesday August 8 2018 at 7:48pm

Orange County Fire Authority is reporting that the Holy Fire continues to burn towards Riverside County.
There is no immediate threat to any Orange County City.

Cleveland National Forest held a Press Conference Wednesday August 8 2018 at 2:00pm at Orange County Fire Authorities headquarters to discuss the fire and the arrest made in connection with the fire.

Cleveland National Forest is reporting that a arrest has been made in relation to the Holy Fire.
Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, was booked into Orange County Jail on August 8 2018 on suspicion of two counts of felony arson, one count of felony threat to terrorize, and one count of misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Holy Fire continues to burn towards Horsethief Canyon, Cow Canyon, and McVicker Drainage. There is a possibility of monsoonal flow today which may contribute to an increase in relative humidity and cool temperatures slightly which may help fire fighters.
With the cumulus buildup over the fire, fire fighters will be watching for the possibility of local wind disruption which may affect fire behavior.

Air resources will continue to drop water and fire retardant to assist firefighting efforts on the ground. Helicopters will support fire fighters in Holy Jim Canyon, and southern and eastern flanks.

Holy Fire Location
Holy Jim Canyon in Orange County California
Holy Jim Canyon is on the west side of the Santa Mountains in Orange County.
After the initial size-up, it was determined the fire was higher up in Trabuco Canyon.

Holy Fire Damage
6200 acres bured
12 Structures Destroyed

Holy Fire Weather
Wednesday August 8 2018: Trabuco Canyon is expected to see high temperatures of 93 degrees with 37% Humidity and SSW Winds of 9mph.

Holy Fire Evacuations and Closures

Holy Fire Evacuations

Mandatory Evacuations for: McVickers, rice canyon, Horsethief, Glen Eden, El Cariso Village, Sycamore Creek, and Rancho Capistrano and Painted Canyon.
Ortega Highway corridor from Lookout Restaurant to Nichols Institute.

Mandatory Evacuations for Hwy 74 East of Caspers Park.

All campgrounds are closed on the Trabuco Ranger District.
Holy Jim and Trabuco Canyon Tracts.

Irvine Regional Park is closed for Holy Fire Camp Center.

Current Road Closures:

Highway 74 eastbound is closed.
Residents in the Highway 74 corridor must travel westbound only.
Trabuco Creek, Maple Springs, North Main Divide, Bedford, and Indian Truck Trail.

Holy Fire Care & Reception Center

Care & Reception Center at Rancho Santa Margarita Bell Tower Community Center / City Hall located at 22232 El Paseo in Rancho Santa Margarita California. (Managed by Red Cross)

Care & Reception Center at Temescal High School located at 18760 El Toro Road in Lake Elsinore.

San Juan Hills High School located at 29211 Stallion Ridge in San Juan Capistrano.

Small Animals Evacuation: Animals Friends of the Valley (AFV) located at 33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar.
AFV Phone Numbers: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. call 951-674-0618, 4 p.m.- 8 a.m. call 951-506-5069

Large Animal Owners Under Mandatory Evacuation may take their animals to Riding Park located at 30753 La Pata in San Juan Capistrano.
Owners will be responsible for the care of their animals.

Livestock is being accepted at Elsinore High school on 21800 Canyon Drive

Orange County Alert System

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Holy Fire Fire Fighting Personnel

Orang County Fire Authority (First Responders)
Cleveland National Forest Firefighters

444 Personnel Assigned to Fire
Engines: 30
Helicopters: 10
Air Tankers: 16
VLAT’s: 3
Dozers: 3
Water Tenders: 1
Crews: 12

Holy Fire Camp Center

Irvine Regional Park located at 1 Irvine Park Road in Orange California.

Holy Fire Injuries
Two heat related injuries
Two Hikers rescued.

Holy Fire Expected Containment Date

Wednesday August 15 2018

Holy Fire Information Center

Current Fire Information is at US Forest Service Incident Information System Online Site
U.S. Forest Service Cleveland National Forest is the lead agency for the Holy Fire.
#HolyFire information hotline will be moving over to Orange County Emergency Operation center. Phone number is 714-628-7085.

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) issued a Smoke Advisory due to the Holy Fire for Orange County California Monday August 6 2018
South Coast Air Quality Management District Smoke Advisory is in effect through Thursday Morning August 9 2018.

Winds will be from the west/southwest today before transitioning to a southerly wind during the overnight hours.
During the overnight and early morning hours, downslope winds may bring smoke into the valleys west and southwest of the fire.
Overall, meteorological conditions may bring smoke into portions of Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County.
Air quality may reach Unhealthy levels or higher in areas directly impacted by smoke.

Holy Fire Areas of direct smoke impacts and Unhealthful air quality may include portions of:

Orange County: Areas 16 (Northern Orange County), 17 (Central Orange County), 18 (North Coastal Orange County), 19 (Saddleback Valley), 20 (Central Coastal Orange County), and 21 (Capistrano Valley).

Riverside County: Areas 22 (Corona/Norco), 23 (Metropolitan Riverside), 24 (Perris Valley), 25 (Lake Elsinore), 26 (Temecula Valley), 28 (Hemet/San Jacinto Valley), and 29 (Banning Pass).

San Bernardino County: Areas 32 (Northwest San Bernardino Valley), 33 (Southwest San Bernardino Valley), 34 (Central San Bernardino Valley), 35 (East San Bernardino Valley), 36 (West San Bernardino Mountains), 37 (Central San Bernardino Mountains), and 38 (East San Bernardino Mountains).

SCAQMD Helpful Advice For Areas Impacted by Smoke

Everyone should avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion

People with respiratory or heart disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors

Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter.

Run your air conditioner if you have one and keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.

Avoid using a swamp cooler or whole-house fan to prevent bringing additional smoke inside.

To avoid worsening the health effects of smoke, don’t use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces.

South Coast Air Quality Management District Resources are Online

Interactive Air Quality Map by Region is Online

For more information please visit South Coast Air Quality Management District

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