Why Called Holy Fire?

There is big forest fire Lake Elsinore in Southern California blazes on as it slowly makes it approach towards thousands of homes in the lakeside community. So far this forest fire spread to more than 10,200 acres?  If you look at all the news, this forest fire is also called “Holy Fire”.  But why do they call it “Holy Fire”?

This forest fire is also called “Holy Fire” because the fire started as a small fire in the Holy Jim Canyon area.  This small fire has grown in size each day since it began on Monday.

Holy Jim Canyon has interesting history behind it. In 1888, decidedly unsaintly Union veteran James Smith bought land in a remote canyon between Santiago Peak and Trabuco Creek. He lived there with his wife, Hat, and raised bees. Although reasonably even-tempered, Smith swore frequently without regard for the company he was in.  He earned the nicknames “Greasy Jim” and “Cussin’ Jim.” In 1900, government cartographers named the canyon for its best-known resident, but some bureaucrat in Washington undoubtedly changed “Cussin’ ” to “Holy.”

Jim Smith (right), the namesake of Holy Jim Canyon, with two of his friends in this undated photo likely from the 19th century.(Courtesy of the Holy Jim Volunteer Fire Department.)

The Holy Fire is believed to have been started intentionally by Forrest Gordon Clark. He is accused of setting the Holy Fire in Cleveland National Forest, which had grown to 10,236 acres as of Thursday evening. He has been charged with multiple felony counts involving arson.

Authorities accused Mr Clark of igniting the blaze in Trabuco Canyon, an Orange County community located in the Cleveland National Forest on Monday afternoon.

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