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Holy Fire

Unit Information

Cleveland National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10845 Rancho Bernardo Road Suite 200 San Diego California 92127
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92127

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Incident Contact

Trabuco Ranger District
Phone: 951-736-1811
Hours: M-F 8AM-4PM

Highlighted Activity

08/16/2018 8/16/18 Holy Fire Daily Update
Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 Holy Fire Update August 16, 2018, 0800 Update Acres Burned: 22,986Containment: 78%Fire Started: August 6, 2018Cause: Human Caused...
News - 08/16/2018
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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.

The damage assessment team has completed its work and determined 12 single family residences were destroyed in Orange County and 6 single family residences were destroyed in Riverside County prior to August 13th.

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.


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 evacuations have been lifted.


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.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 06th, 2018 approx. 01:30 PM
LocationHoly Jim/Trabuco Canyon
Incident CommanderC. Fogle FS, G. Pemberton CalFire/RVC
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates33.691 latitude, -117.521 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel866
Size22,986 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday August 21st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Chaparral, short grass, brush


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.

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.


All evacuations have been lifted.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A brief period of monsoonal moisture has returned today and for 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 as high pressure aloft builds over Southern California with a strong warming trend.