Blaze dubbed Holy Fire spreading quickly in Orange County

Posted at 2:49 PM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 02:16:25-04

TRABUCO CANYON, Calif. (KGTV) – A large brush fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest’s Trabuco Canyon is spreading quickly Monday afternoon. 

The fire, dubbed the Holy Fire, was reported around 1:30 p.m. near Holy Jim Canyon and Trabuco Creek roads, according to KABC.

The Orange County Fire Authority said the blaze grew quickly from between seven and 10 acres to at least 4,000 by 8 p.m. and is currently spreading at a moderate rate. The Holy Fire is zero percent contained. 

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The fire also destroyed at least one structure and threatened several communication towers at the top of a nearby hill.

Two people hiking near a canyon when the fire erupted had to be rescued and are now safe, fire crews say. 

Officials say two people were treated due to heat-related injuries and at least 600 personnel are fighting the blaze. Night air operations have been ordered to continue fighting the fire after dark.  

The fire is burning away from Orange County and mandatory evacuations have been issued for several areas. See the tweet below for the full list of evacuations: 

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Cal Fire is assisting in fighting the blaze. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

The Holy Jim trail, near where the fire is currently burning, is a 2.8 mile trail that connects several other mountain trails together. Summertime temperatures in the area regularly climb into the triple digits.

Watch video of the fire in the player below: