Orange County

“Jim” fire burns 583 acres

SMOKE from the “Jim” fire in the Holy Jim Canyon area of Cleveland National Forest in Orange County (U.S. Forest Service photo).

UPDATE: This morning the “Jim Fire” is reported to be holding at 583 acres burned and is 15 percent contained. Crews will construct hand and bulldozer lines around the perimeter of the fire.

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A wildfire consumed at least 500 acres in the Holy Jim Canyon area of northeast Orange County on Wednesday.

According to the Orange County Fire Authority, the blaze was considered 0 percent contained as of 7 p.m., but the rate of spread is considered to be slowing.

Firefighters will be working through the night, monitoring the blaze and constructing containment lines. Over 100 firefighters have been committed to the operation.

The “Jim” fire is reported to have started around 11:20 a.m. in a hilly wildness area of the Cleveland National Forest, northeast of Rancho Santa Margarita. There are no reported injuries or structures damaged or destroyed as of this writing.

Battling the blaze are U.S. Forest Service Firefighters, along with Cal Fire and OCFA personnel.

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