Air raids and ground attacks on the Holy Fire continued on Wednesday, August 8, when the conflagration of the Cleveland National Forest grew to 4,129 acres. Firefighters also identified a man whom they say is tied to the firing.
A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of arson, threatened terrorist charges and arrest. Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, is expected to appear in court on Thursday.
Hundreds of firefighters kept battling the fire that burned in Orange and Riverside Counties when more voluntary evacuation warnings came out on Wednesday at noon.
Voluntary Evacuation Alerts are now available for Rice Canyon, McVicker Canyon and Sycamore Creek. The Horsethief and Glen Eden communities were warned against voluntary evacuations on Tuesday
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Milder temperatures on Wednesday could help firefighters fight the so-called Holy Fire burning in Orange and Riverside counties.
Temperatures near Trabuco Canyon are expected to fall below the three-digit mark on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. It is expected that the cooling trend will continue and that temperatures will slip into the upper 80s by the weekend.
"Hopefully we can go around the corner," said Vickie Wright, spokeswoman for the US Forest Service on Tuesday.
This map shows where the Sacred Fire burns in Orange and Riverside Counties
The fire was on Wednesday noon at 5 percent. Containment is the percentage of the scope of the fire that firefighters have determined will not spread the flame long beyond.
Using a more detailed mapping, fire officials downgraded the area charred by the Sacred Fire from the 4,000 acres reported Monday night to 3,399. Cleveland National Forest officials said:
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But now the flame is burning again. Much of the firefight took place on Tuesday along a ridge between Orange and Riverside Counties over the town of Lake instead of Elsinore. Using water and fire retardant aircraft, the firefighters focused on keeping the flames out of North Main Divide Road and El Cariso village in Riverside County.
There were reports that the fire had made it across the country Ridge, calling Rep. Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore to post a photo and a request on Twitter Riverside residents in the potential path of fire to note evacuation orders when issued.  The #Holyfire has climbed the mountain and reached Riverside County. This is the current view from my backyard in Lake Elsinore. Please follow all evacuation orders. MM pic.twitter.com/d0ItHScLUJ
– Melissa Melendez (@asmMelendez) August 8, 2018
Wednesday morning, the skies near the Riverside County neighborhood darkened like flames in the distance ominous glow radiated.
– ? sam ? (@sammendezzzz) August 8, 2018
– Roger Stip (@StipTeach) August 8, 2018
The smoke of the fire affects cities, including those in San Bernardino County, causing the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District publishes smoke alarms for residents in the Mojave Desert Air Basin
"If you can smell smoke, breathe smoke," said a statement released Tuesday by the MDAQMD. "When smoke is present, residents should avoid excessive exercise or outdoor activity, and children, the elderly, people with heart or lung disease and physically active adults are the most vulnerable to poor air quality events."
The San Bernardino District Administration for Public health has issued a smoke alert to residents of the district on sensitive health conditions that live near areas affected by the sacred fire to keep an eye on changing smoke levels and act accordingly. In a statement
District officials advise those who rely on smoke and pollutants to stay indoors to recirculate their air conditioners at home or in the car and call a doctor immediately if they feel ill or have symptoms of respiratory distress. Voluntary evacuation warnings were set up on Tuesday lunchtime for Highway 74 or the Ortega Highway west of the Lookout Restaurant to Nichols Institute, and all connecting roads in the communities of Rancho Capistrano, El Cariso Village and Blue Jay were voluntary
Indian Truck Trail , Bedford, North Main and Maple Springs remained closed on Wednesday
Holy Jim and part of Trabuco Canyon, both communities are home to rustic cabins, were evacuated on Monday shortly after the fire was reported just shortly after 1pm Monday in the Close to the streets of Holy Jim Canyon and Trabuco Creek in the Cleveland National Forest
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Blue Jay and El Cariso campsites also evacuated, officials
Riverside County Animal Services officials accept pets at a care and reception center, Temescal Canyon High at 18760 El Toro Road, Lake Elsinore. Small animals can be evacuated to Animal Friends of the Valley (951-358-7387) on 22751 Mission Trail in Wildomar. Livestock can be entered in Elsinore High at 21800 Canyon Drive, Wildomar in the care of Animal Services.
Information numbers have been changed to 714-573-6200 and 714-573-6202 to inform the public.
Please give wide distribution. The #HolyFire information numbers have been changed to 714-573-6200 and 714-573-6202. You have a high call volume, if you can not get through, please call back. https://t.co/VuAetbJC5y
– CAL FIRE Riverside (@CALFIRERRU) August 8, 2018
The cause of the fire is being investigated.