Holy Jim Canyon Fire Spreads in Orange County | Aug 07 2018

Holy fire spreads to 4,000 acres in Orange, Riverside counties

|| OC Register

Fire burns through Holy Jim Canyon in Trabuco Canyon on Monday, August 7, 2018. (OnScene.TV)

“Firefighters were battling a brush fire Monday night that broke out in the rugged Holy Jim area of Orange County earlier in the day and exploded to cover some 4,000 acres, extending into Riverside County, officials said.

The Holy fire was reported at 1:17 p.m. near Holy Jim Canyon and Trabuco Creek roads, said Jake Rodriguez, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

The fire later moved toward the Main Divide forest road, within sight of Riverside County communities including south Corona, El Cerrito and Glen Ivy Hot Springs, according to the Forest Service. The Cleveland National Forest fire had climbed to the top of the ridge line northeast of Saddleback Mountain, with some small fires crossing the Main Divide Road.

The cause of the fire that scorched brush amid daytime 100-degree temperatures was under investigation.

There was no containment of the fire as of Monday evening.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for Holy Jim Canyon, Trabuco Canyon Recreation Residence Tract and the Blue Jay and Falcon campgrounds.”

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Holy fire spreads to 4,000 acres in Orange, Riverside counties