Holy Fire burns out-of-control in Orange County

SAN DIEGO – The raging fire in Orange County that triggered evacuations as it scorched nearly 3,500 acres in the Cleveland National Forest continued to burn Tuesday.

The fast-moving Holy Fire exploded in size after erupting about 1:20 p.m. Monday in the Trabuco Canyon, KTLA reported. The fire charred land that divides Orange and Riverside counties, officials said.

The blaze quickly grew to 4,000 acres by Monday evening and had 2 percent containment. By Tuesday evening, due to more accurate mapping, the acreage was downgraded to 3,399 and the fire was 5 percent contained, according to a tweet by the Cleveland National Forest.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the communities of Trabuco and Holy Jim canyons, KTLA reported. The Blue Jay, Falcon and El Cariso campgrounds in the Cleveland National Forest, as well as all campgrounds in the Trabuco Ranger District, have also been evacuated.

A new voluntary evacuation warning was issued Tuesday afternoon for the Highway 74 corridor and all connecting roads, affecting the Rancho Capistrano, El Cariso Village and Blue Jay communities, KTLA reported. The warning is for the highway west from Lookout Restaurant to the Nichols Institute. By evening, the warning was expanded to include the communities of Horsethief and Glen Eden.

The public is advised to call the information hotline at 714-628-7085 for updates.