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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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8-10-18 2000 fire update

Holy Fire Wildfire
News – 8/10/2018

Holy Fire Update

August 10, 2018, 0800 Update

Acres Burned: 19,107

Containment: 10%

Fire Started: August 6, 2018

Cause: Human Caused

Engines: 141

Helicopters: 18

Fixed Wing: 12

Dozers: 23

Water Tenders: 12

Crews: 34

Total Personnel: 1511

Trabuco Canyon, Calif., August 10, 2018 – The fire remained active today and is currently estimated at 19,107 acres and containment increased to 10%. The combination of air resources, dozers and fire crews made great progress along the fire edge to control the fire spread and provide structure protection. Containment lines have been strengthened on the northwest side of the fire in Coldwater Canyon, north of the North Main Divide Road. Air resources continue to drop fire retardant around structures to create a fire break while firefighters work to strengthen lines east and southeast of the fire. A dozer line has been constructed around El Cariso Village to keep fire from entering the community.

Steep terrain, dry fuels, and inaccessible areas continue to be a factor in fire spread. Expected high temperatures, low humidity and easterly monsoonal moisture aloft will continue through tomorrow and gradually decrease through the weekend. This weather pattern could result in critical fire behavior and large column development. Air quality in the surrounding areas may be impacted.

Suppression efforts remain focused on community defense, and limiting the spread south towards Hwy 74. Firefighting efforts will continue overnight with 2 night flying helicopters and multiple ground crews. Currently, a total of 5 firefighting personnel have been confirmed injured.

A damage assessment team began assessments this afternoon. The number of structures burned remains at 12. More than 20,000 people have been placed under mandatory evacuations with others under evacuation warning. Residents are asked to evacuate as early as possible so as not to hinder firefighting operations.



  • Holy Jim, Trabuco Canyon Recreation Residence Tracts, Blue Jay and Falcon Campgrounds, McVicker Canyon, Rice Canyon, El Cariso Village, Rancho Capistrano, Horsethief Canyon, Glen Eden Canyon, and Sycamore Creek. Road closures will continue until evacuation orders are lifted.

  • Lake Elsinore: all homes on the mountain-side of Lake St and southwest of Grand Ave to the Ortega Highway.


  • Shoreline Community

There are two evacuation centers open for residents in both Orange and Riverside Counties.

  • Riverside: Temescal Canyon High School, 28755 El Toro Rd Lake Elsinore CA 92532 for residents.

  • Orange County: San Juan Hills High School located at 29211 Stallion Ridge, San Juan Capistrano.

The Holy Fire Joint Information Center is available to take calls from the public: (714) 628-7085.