February 21, 2019
Days may be numbered for containment of Holy Fire
LAKE ELSINORE – (INT) – Less smoke is enabling air tankers and water-dropping helicopters to mount a more concentrated attack on the Holy Fire.

The fire is in its 5th day and is most active on active north and southwest of the El Cariso Village I n the Cleveland National Forest.

Air tankers returned to base Thursday when visibility became too poor to fly.

More fire fighters are arriving to construct and strengthen containment lines to protect neighborhoods.

There have been evacuations for all homes above Lake St and southwest of Grand Ave to the Ortega Highway. Still evacuated are Holy Jim, Trabuco Canyon Recreation Residence Tracts, Blue Jay and Falcon Campgrounds, McVicker Canyon, Rice Canyon, El Cariso Village, Rancho Capistrano, Horsethief Canyon, Glen Eden Canyon, and Sycamore Creek. Voluntary evacuations are in effect for the Shoreline community.

Highway 74 is closed until evacuation orders are lifted.

More than 200 pets from families living in the Holy Fire evacuation areas are currently being cared for by both Riverside County Animal Services and Animal Friends of the Valleys.

Riverside County Animal Services impounded a total of 94 animals (66 dogs and 27 cats) at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus in San Jacinto. The Southwest Communities Shelter in Wildomar, operated by Animal Friends of the Valleys, assisted pet owners by taking in 148 pets (89 dogs, 46 cats and 13 others).

Riverside County Animal Services’ officials are working on a plan that will make matters easier for pet owners once they’re allowed back in their homes. The plan includes transporting the evacuees’ pets directly back to them at the drop-off location at Temescal Canyon High, Animal Services Director Robert Miller said.

Authorities have predicted full containment of the Holy Fire by August 15th.
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