Near Corona (CBSLA) – The sacred fire that burned in the Cleveland National Forest southwest of Corona grew overnight on Tuesday as exhausted firefighters spent another day of scorching temperatures and low humidity.
A man was also arrested in connection with the fire Tuesday night, although his possible connection to the fire was unclear. As of Wednesday morning, Holy Fire had burned 4,129 acres of Holy Jim Canyon to the canyons over Lake Elsinore and was only 5 percent contained, according to US Forest Service
It had spread to the Horsethief Canyon Area, according to the US Forest Service. Black heavy smoke had filled the sky above the Horse Thief Canyon, and early Wednesday morning, huge flames shot from the ridges. Its rapid spread contributes to the fact that it burns in an area that has not seen any fire since about 1980.
The fire is burning in Orange and Riverside Counties. The number of destroyed houses is unknown. Ash had fallen in several corona communities. On Tuesday night, a 51-year-old man living in a cabin at Holy Jim Canyon was arrested in connection with the fire, according to the Orange County Register. Forrest Gordon Clark was taken into custody by O.C. The deputies of the sheriff, having allegedly written an e-mail last week saying "This place is going to burn," reports the register. It is unclear to which accusations he could be exposed.
Trabuco and Holy Jim canyons were evicted, as well as the camps of Blue Jay and El Cariso. All campsites in the Trabuco Ranger District were closed and there were road closures for Trabuco Creek, Maple Springs, North Main Divide, Bedford and Indian Truck Trail.
Horse Thief Canyon and Glen Eden in the Temescal Valley between Corona and Lake Elsinore were under a voluntary evacuation warning.
Also under a voluntary evacuation was Highway 74, west of the Lookout Restaurant to the Nichols Institute and all connecting roads in the communities of Rancho Capistrano, El Cariso Village and Blue Jay. 19659002] Because of the resources needed to fight the Mendocino complex that was burning in Northern California – now the largest conflagration in state history – and several others that burned over the state, only 444 people were burned on Wednesday morning allocated. At a morning meeting, however, the officials said they hope to double the number soon. In the air raid ten water cannons and seven fixed-wing aircraft were used.
"The fire will continue to spread to the southeast and north, with little spread in the west," said the Cleveland National Forest on Tuesday night. "The lack of resources for direct attack will allow the fire to expand into new areas and focus on strong head firing runs and the potential for a 'Helsingor' hangover event.
The Sacred Fire broke out 1:20 pm Monday near Holy Jim and Trabuco Canyon Roads, on the west side of the Santa Ana Mountains, the fire quickly spread to steep terrain, dense bushes and scorching temperatures.
The Tiles Schumate, Saint Jim Canyon, told the CBS2 Monday that he and his wife could barely get out of their cabin before the area was caught by flames.
We were in the cabin only five minutes, but in those five minutes the flames had already come over the hill. So these huts are safe, "said Schumate.
In Temescal, a Nursing and Reception Center was set up gorge high school on El Toro Road in Lake Elsinore. Small animals can be evacuated to animal friends of the valley at Mission Trail 33751 in Wildomar.
Firefighters with the Orange County Fire Authority, USFS, Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department are among the agencies that fight the fire.
Residents can call 714-573-6200 and 714-573-6202 for information about the Sacred Fire.
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