These Photos From The Holy Fire In OC Are Terrifying

(Courtesy Patrick Smith)

A fast-growing wildfire burning in the Cleveland National Forest near Trabuco Canyon has prompted evacuations.

The Holy Fire, which broke out around 1:30 p.m. Monday, grew to more than 4,120 acres by 11 a.m. Wednesday and damaged at least 12 structures, according to forest service officials. More than 440 firefighters were working from the ground and the air to bring it under control.

The fire broke out the same day the Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California overtook last year's Thomas Fire to be the biggest in recorded fire history in the state.

[MORE: California Has Had A Monster Wildfire Every Year For The Last Seven Years]

The communities of Holy Jim and Trabuco canyons and Blue Jay and Falcon campgrounds were under mandatory evacuations, Orange County Fire Authority officials said via Twitter shortly after 4 p.m.


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A UC San Diego research group has a camera atop Santiago Peak. Below you can watch the live stream from that and see photos of the fire people have posted to social media:

[MORE: California Has Had A Monster Wildfire Every Year For The Last Seven Years]

UPDATES:

12:08 p.m.:This article was updated to reflect the new acreage of the fire and other updated information from forest service officials.

Wednesday, 7:20 a.m.: This article was updated to reflect the downgraded acreage of the fire and other updated information from forest service officials.

10:25 p.m.: This article updated with the most recent information on the size and containment of the Holy Fire, as well as the Mendocino Complex Fire.

This article was originally published at 4 p.m. on Monday


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