Southern California Holy Fire Update Thursday August 16 2018

#HolyFire August 15 2018 Courtesy of Clevleand National Forest
Holy Fire Courtesy of Clevleand National Forest

The Southern California Holy Fire is ongoing Thursday August 16 2018.
The Holy Fire in Cleveland National Forest is in Orange and Riverside Counties.
The Holy Fire is at 22,986 acres and 86% containment.
Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuation Orders have been lifted.
There is unhealthy air quality in Corona/Norco and the Lake Elsinore areas.

The Holy Fire is expected to be fully contained by Tuesday August 21 2018.

Fire crews continue to make progress on containment lines around the Holy Fire.

Fire suppression efforts are focused on holding and strengthening containment line within El Cariso, Santiago Peak, and the northern edge of Anderson Canyon.

Please note that flare-ups and smoking vegetation may remain visible to the surrounding communities but are within the fire perimeter.

Currently, 911 lines are being flooded with reports of smoke and fire.
Officials ask that you please do not call 911 to report smoke if it occurs within the fire perimeter.
Cleveland National Forest Officials ask, “If you notice smoke and flames that are well outside these boundaries please inform officials.”

Fire suppression repair groups will be identifying and repairing affected areas along the east and west sides of the fire.
This is done to reduce erosion potential and cleanup damaged areas.
Suppression repair efforts will include returning existing road systems back to original, pre-fire condition, cleaning plugged drainage features, and scattering cut brush across dozer lines to block and discourage illegal OHV activity.

Cleveland National Forest Officials are reporting that, “Limited access, extreme temperatures, steep topography, old-growth vegetation, and limited resources were all factors in the spread of the Holy Fire.”
These conditions contributed to one of the largest non-wind driven fires on the Trabuco Ranger District.
The last non-wind driven fire was the Indians Fire in 1966.

Cleveland National Forest Firefighters Planned Actions Thursday August 16 2018
Crews will continue to secure the fires edge and mop up.
Suppression repair will continue but additional overhead and equipment are needed to be successful.
Team is working with the local unit to develop a plan to transition to a type three organization on 8/18 at 1800hrs.

Holy Fire Projected Incident Activity

Fire activity continues to moderate.
On the North and East perimeter along the foothills, green stringers and islands of unburned fuel continue to burn.
Direct hand line construction is in progress south of Anderson Canyon on the northern edge of the fire.
Heavy fuels and steep terrain make final control on the North end of the fire difficult.
This same rugged terrain, heavy fuels, and inaccessibility require direct helicopter support of crews to enable them to safely complete mop up and secure the fire line.
Bell Canyon is still actively burning which requires direct support for the resources 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
22,986 acres bured
86% Containment
12 Single Residences were Destroyed in Orange County
6 Single Residences were Destroyed in Riverside County

Holy Fire Weather

Thursday August 16 2018: Trabuco Canyon is expected to reach a high of 86 degrees with 66% Humidity and South West Winds of 9mph.

Thursday August 16 2018: Lake Elsinore is expected to reach a high of 94 degrees with 54% Humidity and West North West Winds of 10mph.

A brief period of monsoonal moisture will return on Wednesday and Thursday bringing higher humidities to the region, and a chance for afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the mountains and high deserts.
Drier air will move back into the area from Friday through Monday as high pressure aloft builds over southern California.

Holy Fire Evacuations and Closures

Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuation Orders have been lifted.

Mandatory Evacuation Orders have affected over 21,484 Community Members.

On the southern boundary of the fire, the Long Canyon Road loop will remain closed on the west above the entrance to Mystic Oaks and on the east on North Main Divide at Highway 74.

All Forest Service facilities in the Highway 74 corridor remain closed: Blue Jay, Falcon and El Cariso campgrounds.

All Forest Service Trails leading into the burn area are closed.

Holy Jim and Trabuco Canyon are within the Forest Closure area.

Irvine Regional Park is closed for Holy Fire Camp Center. OC Parks is reporting that Irvine Regional Park will remain closed thru this weekend (Sunday August 19 2018)

Please stay out of the burned areas and allow the land to recover.

The Burned Area Emergency Response team will be accessing the fire area in the next few weeks.

Residents should stay alert and be prepared for changing conditions.

For further information visit

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.

1065 Personnel Assigned to Fire

Engines: 103
Helicopters: 10
Fixed Wing 0
Dozers: 1
Water Tenders: 18
Crews: 31

Holy Fire Camp Center

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

For information, please call the Trabuco Ranger District of the Forest Service at 951/736-1811.

Holy Fire Injuries
Two heat related injuries
Two Hikers rescued
5 Firefighters injured

Holy Fire Expected Containment Date

Tuesday August 21 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.
For information, please call the Trabuco Ranger District of the Forest Service at 951/736-1811.
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 Thursday August 16 2018 2018
South Coast Air Quality Management District Smoke Advisory is in effect through Thursday Morning August 16 2018.

Winds are predicted to be light from the west through Thursday.
The fire area is expected to produce localized smoke for several more weeks.
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 Riverside County. Air quality may reach Unhealthy levels or higher in areas directly impacted by smoke.

Holy Fire Direct Smoke Impacts and Unhealthful Air Quality may include portions of:

Riverside County: Areas 22 (Corona/Norco), and 25 (Lake Elsinore).

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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