Southern California Holy Fires Update Saturday August 18 2018

Holy Fire Map Courtesy of Cleveland National Forest

The Southern California Holy Fire is undergoing Suppression Repairs Saturday August 18 2018.
The Holy Fire in Cleveland National Forest is in Orange and Riverside Counties.
The Holy Fire is at 22,986 acres and 85% containment.
Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuation Orders have been lifted.

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

Fire Crews continue to work on South of Anderson Canyon on the Northern fire edge and Bell Canyon toward the Southern edge.

Using hand lines and helicopters to safely secure the fire line is a difficult and arduous task due to rugged terrain and heavy fuels in inaccessible areas.

Fire Suppression will continue in the areas of El Cariso, Santiago Peak and the Northern edge of Anderson Canyon while flare-ups and smoking vegetation are still visible.

These conditions are within the fire area and will continuously be monitored throughout the incident.
Currently, there are Fire Suppression repair groups dispatched to the east and west sides of the fire.
Their duties include identifying and repairing affected areas including roadways, drainage lines and cleaning up scattered brush used to block and discourage illegal OHV activity.

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.”

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
Crews will continue to conduct mop up operations across the burn area.
Suppression repair will continue toward meeting the standards set in the approved Suppression Repair Plan.
Southern California Team 1 continues to develop a transition plan for the Forest type 3 organization to assume command on 8/18/2018 at 1800 hours.

Cal Fire Riverside County has posted a short video on their Facebook Page that explains their efforts on the Holy Fire Suppression repair.

Holy Fire Projected Incident Activity

Minimal creeping and smoldering in green islands and stringers was observed.
Mop up will continue along the direct hand lines and along the entire fire perimeter. Suppression repair work continues toward the desired end state.

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
85% Containment
12 Single Residences were Destroyed in Orange County
6 Single Residences were Destroyed in Riverside County

Holy Fire Weather

Saturday August 18 2018: Trabuco Canyon is expected to reach a high of 86 degrees with 60% Humidity and West South West Winds of 8mph.

Saturday August 18 2018: Lake Elsinore is expected to reach a high of 96 degrees with 45% Humidity and West North West Winds of 8mph.

Drier air will move back into the area as high pressure aloft builds over Southern California with a strong warming trend.

Holy Fire Evacuations and Closures

Mandatory and Voluntary Evacuation Orders have been lifted.

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

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 trails, recreational areas and campgrounds in the fire area are closed.

This includes Blue Jay and Falcon Campgrounds, Holy Jim trails and Trabuco Canyon.

Areas north of Ortega Hwy and south of Blackstar Canyon Rd/Skyline Drive remain closed.

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.

866 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.



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