Holy Fire California: SHOCK footage of rivers of fire snaking down hillside towards town


The video shows trails of fire quickly moving down towards residents’ houses in Lake Elsinore, California, USA. 

Firefighters have been battling the intentionally started wildfire in southern California to prevent it from spreading further as 200,000 residents face mandatory evacuations.

The Holy Fire is one of several burning fires across the state. More than 20,000 people have already been displaced by the blaze. 

A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the blaze.

The blaze started on Monday afternoon near the Riverside and Orange County border in Cleveland National Forest.

The fire has destroyed a dozen cabins in the Holy Jim Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest.

Flames spread downhill toward Lake Elsinore on Thursday afternoon, threatening homes and prompting mandatory evacuation orders for homes fronting the mountains.

The fire is believed to have been intentionally set.

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Firefighters continue to battle the blaze around the clock

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The Holy fire increased in size near the Horsethief Canyon area on Wednesday and then jumped the North Main Divide dirt road, burning into the Lake Elsinore area of Riverside County.

Thanh Nguyen, a spokesman for the fire crews said: “Our main focus this afternoon was getting everyone out safely.”

It remains only five percent contained according to the National Forest. 

«Firefighters continue to battle the blaze around the clock,» the National Forest said in a tweet.

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«We expect favourable weather conditions this weekend to help these efforts.»

Wildfire season in California has broken records this year, with the previous largest fire — Thomas Fire — being overtaken by the Mendocino Complex Fire. 

The Mendocino Complex Fire has now grown larger than the city of Los Angeles, measuring at least 302,086 acres.

The huge size of the Mendocino fire has led to the announcement that fire crews will be unable to fully contain the blaze until early September.