Holy Fire

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Powerful storms are dumping rain all over the state this week.  It's a nerve-wracking time for people living near the burn areas of the Holy Fire, which scorched more than 23,000 acres in Riverside and Orange Counties back in August of 2018.  Riverside County has issued more tha a dozen evacuation orders since the fire - including now - because of possible mudslides.  KVCR's Danielle Fox has more on how some people feel saddled with the costs.

Trial has been ordered for the man suspected of starting the Holy Fire that destroyed more than a dozen  homes this summer and forced thousands of people to evacuate.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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At a preliminary hearing to determine whether Holy Fire suspect Forest Gordon Clark can be tried on arson-related charges, a fire investigator told the court that Clark denied starting the fire.  The investigator said Clark insisted that "in a lucid dream," he saw who really started the fire.  More on yesterday's (Wednesday) hearing from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The second rainstorm in a week swept across Southern California yesterday, drenching the Inland Empire with a couple of inches of rain, and causing concern about potential damage to homes in Holy Fire burn areas.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Holy Fire is finally 100% contained, more than a month after the blaze was allegedly started by a resident of Holy Jim Canyon in the Orange County portion of the Cleveland National Forest, west of Lake Elsinore.  <ore from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Holy Fire that has been burning for much of August in the Santa Ana Mountains experienced a flare-up that caused concern for communications towers on Santiago Peak.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Holy Fire - which started in the Cleveland National Forest near Trabuco Canyon Rd. and Holy Jim Rd. in Orange County - has been declared completely snuffed, after burning above Riverside County communities in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains west of Lake Elsinore and Temescal Valley.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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The Holy Fire burning in the Santa Ana Mountains west of the I-15 corridor between Corona and Lake Elsinore is 92 percent contained, as of Monday morning, 8/20.  More details from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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Criminal proceedings have been suspended in the prosecution of 51-year-
old Forrest Gordon Clark ... the man suspected of setting the Holy Fire ...
and the judge presiding over the case ordered that he undergo a pair of
psychiatric evaluations. Clark repeatedly disrupted his scheduled arraignment
hearing Friday ... when he was supposed to enter a plea.   More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

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UPDATED ON 9AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018

KVCR's Ken Vincent has this update of Inland Empire wildfire-related news, including from the Holy Fire, the Crantson Fire, and the Valley Fire.

Thunderstorms moved through the Inland Empire mountain communities Thursday, prompting warnings of debris and mud flows for residents living in burn areas of recent area wildfires. 

In the San Gorgonio Mountains, there were online video reports of some flooding in the Valley Fire burn area near Forest Falls and Angelus Oaks along Highway 38. 

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UPDATED AT 9AM THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 2018

The Holy Fire is up to 78% containment this morning (Thursday), still being held for several days now at just under 23,000 acres.  Authorities say firefighters will welcome the higher humidity and the chance of showers today.  But with that chance of showers comes a chance of debris flows into populated communities, and lightning strikes that could start new blazes. 

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UPDATED AT 9AM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018

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UPDATED AT 10AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

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UPDATED 9AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018

Firefighters continue to increase containment of the Holy Fire, burning in the Santa Ana Mountains west of the I-15 corridor.  As of Tuesday morning, the Holy Fire has burned 22,986 acres with containment at 59%.  There are nearly 1,500 personnel assigned to fight the blaze.

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UPDATED 2PM SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

originally posted 9AM SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018

Although it still remains a threat to populated communities, authorities on Sunday reported good progress containing the Holy Fire, which has displaced thousands of Riverside County residents from homes since it broke out nearly a week ago.

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UPDATED 8:30AM SATURDAY, AUGUST 11,2018

Progress is being reported this morning (Saturday) containing the Holy Fire, which has spread to more than 20,000 acres and displaced thousands of residents evacuated from communities in and near Lake Elsinore.  

A tweet Saturday morning (Aug. 11) from the Cleveland National Forest Twitter feed reports that the #Holyfire  that has been threatening Lake Elsinore foothill  communities is now 29% contained at 21,473 acres.  

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UPDATED AT 7AM FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

The Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest in the mountains west of Lake Elsinore has burned more than 18,000 acres - up from 10,200 acres Thursday -  and as of this morning (Friday) is still only 5% contained.  Worse yet, weather conditions Thursday pushed the blaze downslope into the I-15 corridor.  For a time yesterday, flames came dangerously close to homes in Lake Elsinore foothill neighborhoods, but were fought back by firefighters.

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UPDATED 7:30AM THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2018

The Holy Fire which broke out Monday afternoon near Holy Jim Canyon Road in the Trabuco Canyon area of Orange County, has blackened 9,600 acres of the Cleveland National Forest, and as of this morning (Thursday) is only 5 percent contained.  And as the blaze continues to advance into Riverside County, mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for several foothill communities south of Corona west of the 15 between Temescal Valley and Lake Elsinore.

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The Holy Fire, now buring in two counties, has led to an air quality advisory warning for Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued the advisory on Tuesday and warned of increased respiratory health risks in all three counties, extending as far east as Yucaipa. Up to the hour air quality monitoring is available for your city at this link: http://www.aqmd.gov/

KVCR's Rick Dulock has this complete update on the blaze: