Southern California Holy Fire Flares Up Monday August 27 2018

Holy Fire Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service Cleveland National Forest
Holy Fire Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service Cleveland National Forest

The Southern California Holy Fire flared up on Monday August 27 2018.
The Holy Fire started on August 7 2018 and was near full containment.
The Fire jumped containment lines and ignited a new spot fire near Santiago Peak Communication Equipment on Monday August 27 2018.
The Spot Fire is at 150 acres and 10% Containment.

Firefighting air and ground resources were ordered Monday August 27 2018 due to the new spot fire.
Over 300 Firefighting personnel are working on the Fire with the assistance of 5 air tankers and 4 helicopters.

Orange County Fire Authority is reporting on Twitter that “The fire is currently no threat because it is in un-burned fuel surrounded by already burned vegetation.”

There are currently no Evacuation Orders for the Holy Fire.

Please note that flare-ups and smoking vegetation may remain visible from the recent burn area.
Current personnel is approximately 300 with many expected to remain through patrol phase.

BAER work is nearing completion and results should be made available shortly.

The Holy Fire was expected to be contained by September 1 2018.

Full Containment of the Holy Fire has now been revised to a unknown date past September 1 2018.

Santiago Peak Communication Site is in the Cleveland National Forest, 11 miles South of Corona.

#HolyFire Spot Fire August 27 2018 Courtesy of Cleveland NF

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.

Holy Fire History
Holy Fire started in 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.
The Holy Fire burned 23,986 acres in the Cleveland National Forest and is at 94% Containment on August 27 2018.
Mandatory Evacuation Orders affected over 21,484 community members.
12 Single Residences were Destroyed in Orange County
6 Single Residences were Destroyed in Riverside County
Two heat related injuries
Two Hikers rescued
5 Firefighters injured
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 Fire Fighting Personnel

Currently 300 Personnel are Assigned to the Holy Fire (Monday August 27 2018)

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.

Orange County Alert System

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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.

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



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