The so-called Holy Fire, which erupted near Orange County's Trabuco Canyon the previous day, was just 2 percent contained despite fire-retardant drops of more than 19,000 gallons that proceeded overnight.
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"It's usually life or property that we decide that we fly at night," said Capt. Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority. "We don't just fly to fly and put the fire out, because we have to take into consideration the danger involved in night flying."
View from AIR7HD this morning over the #HolyFire 4,000 acres, 0% contained. WATCH @ABC7 for latest on fire conditions; we’re LIVE in Lake Elsinore at 6:30am. https://t.co/a8eFAqjJ8p pic.twitter.com/8QhM6h9qBa— Marc Cota-Robles (@abc7marccr) August 7, 2018
No major injuries have been reported. Fueled by bone-dry chaparral and grass, the fast-moving wildfire has claimed one home and two other structures.
Evacuations were ordered in the Holy Jim and Trabuco Canyon areas, as well as the Blue Jay and El Cariso campgrounds.
The cause of the blaze was unknown.
Call center lines have been reopened (951) 736-1811 and an Inciweb account has been established for this incident. #HolyFire Updates will continue to be posted as they become available. https://t.co/VM3YowgsJd— Cleveland NF (@ClevelandNF) August 7, 2018