Progress made on Calif.’s Holy Fire

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - REMEMBERING -

LAKE ELSI­NORE, Calif. — Fire­fight­ers made sig­nif­i­cant progress try­ing to tamp down a wild­fire that threat­ened homes and has been rag­ing for days south of Los An­ge­les, of­fi­cials said Sat­ur­day.

Air­craft have been mak­ing flight af­ter flight, dump­ing wa­ter and bright-pink re­tar­dant to pro­tect Lake Elsi­nore and other foothill com­mu­ni­ties as the fire sweeps through the dense, bone-dry brush of the Cleve­land Na­tional For­est.

The Holy Fire — named for Holy Jim Canyon, where it be­gan Mon­day — grew to nearly 33 square miles by Sat­ur­day morn­ing. But fire­fight­ers also made progress, with con­tain­ment ris­ing from 10 to 29 per­cent.

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