Lake Elsinore: Holy Fire has Burned 21,473 Acres and is Still Only 29 Percent Contained

At least 12 Structures have been Destroyed & Five Firefighters have Sustained Injuries Battling the Blaze

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, the Holy Fire in Southwesten Riverside County had burned 21,473 acres since Monday. The fire is estimated at 29 percent contained. At least 12 structures have been destroyed and five Firefighters have been injured. Full containment of the blaze is estimated as Wednesday August 15th.

Steep inaccessible terrain continues to be a factor to spread into new areas. The fire continues to spread east and north with only limited spread to the west. The fire will continue to impact subdivisions along the foothills of Southwest Riverside County.

Fire officials have issued mandatory evacuation notices for Mayhew/Sycamore Creek, Glen Eden, Machado and South El Cariso, Riverside and voluntary evacuations in Shoreline zones. The evacuation area covers 7,449 single family homes and numerous commercial structures with estimated evacuees totaling 21,484 people.

There are hard road closures for the areas under evacuation order. Until these closures are lifted, residents are not permitted back to check on or get small animals.