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Flare Up Breathes New Life into Holy Fire

August 27, 2018 - 10:18 am

(KNX 1070) - A flare-up today has breathed new life into the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest.

It started three weeks ago and had burned 23,000 acres. Fire officials thought they were just about done with it until flames flared-up in a remote area.

Captain Tony Bommarito with the Orange County Fire Authority tells KNX  about 150 acres have burned Monday outside the containment area.

Bommarito says they're always keeping an eye out for this sort of fire activity.

Because of the terrain, they're primarily fighting this one by air -- with five air tankers and four helicopters assigned to the flare-up.

Olivia Walker, a public information officer with the Cleveland National Forest, tells KNX, if wind and weather conditions are favorable,  this flare-up might burn back into itself:

The fire erupted three weeks ago today, destroying nearly 20 homes in Orange and Riverside Counties, and burning close to 23,000 acres. An arson suspect is in custody. He is being held on $1 million bond.

Earlier Monday, there was some indication that the 23,000 acre Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest would be completely surrounded. 

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