Holy Fire LIVE updates: 22,158 acres SCORCHED — some evacuations lifted — fires for WEEKS


Helicopter flying over the fires

Firefighters have managed to increase containment of the Holy Fire to 36 percent in the Cleveland National Forest area of Southern California’s Orange County as it reached its fifth day, officials said.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties as the fire raged on, however some evacuations have been lifted in Lake Elsinore specifically Horsethief Canyon, Rice Canyon and McVicker Canyon.

In their Saturday evening Twitter update Cleveland National Forest declared Holy Fire had grown to 22,158 acres as firefighters reinforced barriers to contain the flames.

More than 1,000 firefighters, volunteers and officials are working towards containing the devastating blaze. 

10.12am update: Evacuation areas have been lifted in the Lake Elsinore area

The Cleveland National Forest announced that evacuations for those in the Lake Elsinore area had been lifted last night. 

Those who live in Horsethief Canyon, Rice Canyon and McVicker Canyon areas can return home. 

On their Twitter page Cleveland National Forest said: «#Holyfire Mandatory evacuation for the Machado community has been lifted. Voluntary evacuations are terminated for the Shoreline community. For info call (714) 628-7085.»

9.05am update: Holy Fire has now spread to 22,158 acres according to Cleveland National Forest

In their Saturday evening update (early Sunday morning BST) the Cleveland National Forest declared Holy fire had spread to 22,158 acres. 

However, fire crews are making steady progress and have contained the blaze up to 36 percent.

It could still take weeks for full containment of the largest fires across California say fire officials.