As of shortly before noon on Friday, August 10, the Holy Fire was giving firefighters a hell of a fight.
Started by human agency in the Holy Jim area of Trabuco Canyon, the fire feeds hungrily on dry grass and chaparral. Steep, often inaccessible terrain makes reaching the fire difficult. Unsettled air above the fire makes water and retardant drops dangerous.
It is estimated that the Holy Fire has already burned more than 18,000 acres. With only 5% containment, many more acres are expected to burn.
The fire began on August 6. There are now 1206 total personnel battling the blaze: 86 engines, 14 helicopters, 12 fixed wing aircraft, 14 bulldozers, and 8 water tenders.
Twelve structures have been burned. Further assessments of structures were to be conducted on Friday in the affected areas.
More than 20,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders. In Lake Elsinore, mandatory evacuations have been ordered for all homes on the mountain-side of Lake Stree and southwest of Grane Avenue to the Ortega Highway. Earlier mandatory evacuations remain in effect:
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.
For more information, call the Holy Fire Joint Information Center at either 714-628-7085 or 714-573-6210.
This article is based on information released by InciWeb.