Southern California Holy Fire Update Saturday August 11 2018

Holy Fire Courtesy of Cleveland National Forest
Holy Fire Courtesy of Cleveland National Forest

The Southern California Holy Fire is ongoing Saturday August 11 2018.
The Holy Fire in Cleveland National Forest is in Orange and Riverside Counties.
The Holy Fire is at 22,158 acres and 36% containment.
Mandatory Evacuation Orders have affected over 21,484 Community Members.
There is unhealthy air quality throughout the Southern California area.

UPDATE: Saturday August 11 2018 at 8:15pm

Mandatory evacuations for the Machado community have been lifted.
Voluntary evacuations are terminated for the Shoreline community.
For info call (714) 628-7085.

UPDATE: Saturday August 11 2018

Holy Fire Community Meeting in Corona California on Saturday August 11 2018 at 6:00pm at Temescal Valley Elementary School on 22950 Claystone Avenue Corona California.
Representatives from the incident command team, partnering agencies and Riverside County services will be on hand to provide an update on the status of the fire, evacuations, and safety precautions.
Members of the public who cannot attend can watch the meeting broadcasted on the Cleveland National Forest Facebook Page

UPDATE: Saturday August 11 2018 at 1:00pm
Cleveland National Forest Officials are stating that they “Our Air Operations for the Holy Fire have been successful in assisting firefighters and protecting communities.”
Holy Fire August 11 2018 Evaucaiton Orders Lifted

Cleveland National Forest officials on Friday August 10 2018 stated that “We continue to actively engage, but weather and fuel conditions do not allow us to get ahead of the fire.”

U.S. Forest Service Cleveland National Forest is reporting that Firefighters continue to battle the blaze around the clock.

The combination of air resources, dozers and fire crews made great progress along the fire edge to control the fire spread and provide structure protection.

Containment lines have been strengthened on the northwest side of the fire in Coldwater Canyon, north of the North Main Divide Road.

Air resources continue to drop fire retardant around structures to create a fire break while firefighters work to strengthen lines east and southeast of the fire.

A dozer line has been constructed around El Cariso Village to keep fire from entering the community.

Steep terrain, dry fuels, and inaccessible areas continue to be a factor in fire spread.

Expected high temperatures, low humidity and easterly monsoonal moisture aloft will continue through tomorrow and gradually decrease through the weekend.

This weather pattern could result in critical fire behavior and large column development.

Suppression efforts remain focused on community defense, and limiting the spread south towards Hwy 74.

Firefighting efforts will continue overnight with 2 night flying helicopters and multiple ground crews.

Air resources will continue to drop water and fire retardant to assist firefighting efforts on the ground.

Holy Fire Location
Holy Jim Canyon in Orange County California on Monday August 7 2018 at 1:21pm.
Holy Jim Canyon is on the west side of the Santa Mountains in Orange County.
Holy Fire is in the Cleveland National Forest.
Holy Fire is in Lake Elsinore
Holy Fire is burning in Cold Water Canyon around Santiago Peak,

Holy Fire Damage
22,158 acres bured
36% Containment
12 Structures Destroyed

Holy Fire Weather

Saturday August 11 2018: Trabuco Canyon is expected to reach a high of 89 degrees with 52% Humidity and Western Winds of 11mph.

Saturday August 11 2018: Lake Elsinore is expected to reach a high of 96 degrees with 44% Humidity and West North West Winds of 11mph.

U.S. Forest Service Cleveland National Forest is reporting that the Forecasted weather for the fire area will see temperatures between 91-97 and relative humidity of 30-40 percent and could see gusty winds to 25 mph from the west.
These conditions will increase the likelihood of extreme fire behavior as well as heat illness issues for the firefighters and the public.
Monsoonal moisture coupled with an approaching eastern hurricane will increase instability and bring scattered thunderstorms to portions of Southeastern California.
This combination will result in a period of near critical fire weather over the Holy Fire. Drying and warming over the weekend with gusty local winds with midlevel moisture will return to the area leading to more instability, gusty winds and a chance for thunderstorms.

Holy Fire Evacuations and Closures

The evacuation area covers 7,449 single family homes and numerous commercial structures with estimated evacuees totaling 21,484 people.

Residents are asked to evacuate as early as possible so as not to hinder firefighting operations.

Mandatory Evacuation Notices for:

Mountain Street at Avocado Way, in the McVicker Canyon community will remain closed where the pavement ends
Mayhew/Sycamore Creek
Glen Eden
South El Cariso

There are hard road closures for the areas under evacuation order.

Until these closures are lifted, residents are not permitted back to check on or get small animals.

Road closures remain in place at De Palma Road between Horsethief Canyon and Indian Truck Trail, along with Campbell Road at Temescal Canyon.
This area remains closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The public is asked to use caution when re-entering the affected area.
Heavy equipment and firefighters will continue working in the area.
Residents should stay alert and be prepared for changing conditions.
For further information visit

If you’re in the evacuation areas in Lake Elsinore, you can type your address in the County of Riverside Map to determine your evacuation status.
County of Riverside Holy Fire Resident Evacuation Status Map is Online

#HolyFire Resident Evacuation Map Lookup

Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) is reporting that OCFA units are engaged in structure defense in the El Cariso area of Orange County.

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.

Temescal Road is closed between Indian Truck Trail and Lake Street to allow fire apparatus access in area.
Residents only but they must not block road access.

Holy Fire Evacuation Centers

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

Please stay connected to Orange County Alerts by signing up at Alert OC

Holy Fire Fire Fighting Personnel

Orang County Fire Authority (First Responders)
Cleveland National Forest Firefighters
Unified Command with: US Forest Service, CAL Fire, Riverside County Fire, Orange County Fire Authority and the California Highway Patrol.

1511  Personnel Assigned to Fire

Engines: 141
Helicopters: 18
Fixed Wing 12
Dozers: 23
Water Tenders: 12
Crews: 34

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
5 Firefighters injured

Holy Fire Expected Containment Date

Friday August 17  2018

Holy Fire Cause
The Cause of the Holy Fire is considered Man Made with a suspect under arrest.
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 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.

The Holy Fire has transitioned to unified command with US Forest Service, CAL Fire, Riverside County Fire, Orange County Fire Authority, and the California Highway Patrol.

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) issued a Smoke Advisory due to the Holy Fire for Orange County California Monday August 6 2018 thru Saturday August 11 2018
South Coast Air Quality Management District Smoke Advisory is in effect through Sunday Morning August 12 2018.

Winds will be from the west/northwest today before transitioning to a light southerly wind during the overnight hours.
Peak wind speeds with gusts up to 20 miles per hour or greater will occur in the late afternoon to early evening hours today.
During the overnight and early morning hours, downslope winds may bring smoke and ash into the valleys adjacent to the fire.
Overall, meteorological conditions may bring smoke and ash into portions of Orange County, Riverside County, and San Bernardino County.

Holy Fire 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), 27 (Anza 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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