Temescal Valley: High Heat Fuels the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest

The Blaze has Scorched 3,400 Acres and is Only 5 Percent Contained

The fast-moving Holy Fire is giving firefighters a hard time as it burns in the Cleveland National Forest. The blaze has ripped its way through vegetation that has not seen fire in 4 years and is in it’s third day. The Holy fire has burned 3,4000 acres and is only 5 percent contained as of early Wednesday morning.

The fire started on Monday afternoon near Holy Jim Canyon and Trabuco Creek roads in the Orange County area. High temperatures and low humidity have helped spread the fire. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Over said 380 firefighting personnel are battling the wildfire. Ten helicopters and seven fixed-wing aircraft are working to support firefighters on the ground. No major injuries have been reported. At least one structure has been destroyed.

The U.S. Forest Service has advised residents of the Glen Eden and Horsethief communities in the Temescal Valley to evacuate the area.

A care and reception center has been set up at Temescal Canyon High School on El Toro Road in Lake Elsinore.

Animal Friends of the Valley at 33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar can assist with small animals. Call (951) 674-0618 between 8 am and 4 pm or (951) 506-5069 between 4 pm and 8 am for information.