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Holy Fire

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

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Holy Fire Evening Update_August 8, 2018

Holy Fire Wildfire
News – 8/8/2018

Southern California interagency Incident Management Team 1

Holy Fire Update

August 8, 2018, 1900

Acres Burned: 6,200

Containment: 5%

Fire Started: August 6, 2017

Cause: Under Investigation

Engines: 51

Helicopters: 12

Fixed Wing: 12

Dozers: 11

Water Tenders: 7

Crews: 12

Trabuco Canyon, Calif., August 8, 2018 – Fire activity increased today reaching 6200 acres and remaining at 5% containment. It continues to burn north of North Main Divide Road towards Santiago Peak where fire retardant was dropped to protect the large communication towers. Towards the east, the fire is burning in the lower portion of Horsethief Canyon, Rice Canyon and McVicker Drainage. Fire is approaching communities on the southern end of Leach Canyon towards El Cariso Village.

Crews are working overnight to build contingency lines on the northwest side from North Main Divide Road to Coldwater Canyon. Along the south east side, firefighters will work to strengthen lines around the North Main Divide Road to protect structures in nearby communities. Air resources will conduct night operations to assist ground crews.

Evacuation orders remain in place for Holy Jim, Trabuco Canyon recreation residence tracts, Blue Jay and Falcon Campgrounds.


All residents in the following communities are under mandatory evacuation:

· McVicker Canyon, Rice Canyon, Horsethief Canyon, El Cariso, Rancho Capistrano, Indian Canyon, Glen Eden, Sycamore Creek and Mayhew Canyon.

Highway 74 eastbound is closed. Residents traveling along Highway 74 can travel westbound only.

Please call (714) 573-6210 for information.

A care and reception center is available at Temescal Canyon High School, 28755 El Toro Rd Lake Elsinore CA 92532 for residents. There is also an evacuation center at the San Juan Hills High School located at 29211 Stallion Ridge, San Juan Capistrano.

A joint information center has been established to provide information to the public and will be available around the clock.

An arrest has been made in relation to the Holy Fire. 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. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail and is set to be arraigned on August 9, 2018.

Contact: Fire Information (714) 573-6210 or (714) 628-7085

The media should contact the incident public information line at (657) 345-4277.