Photos: Firefighters Defend Homes From the Holy Fire in Orange, Riverside Counties

The Holy fire began in a spell of hot and dry weather, allegedly set by an arsonist in Cleveland National Forest, and quickly scorched thousands of acres of brush as it rampaged toward homes.

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LAKE ELSINORE, CA - AUGUST 10: Firefighters work as the Holy Fire burns near homes on August 10, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, California. The fire continues to grow amidst a heat wave and has now burned over 18,000 acres while remaining just five percent contained. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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LAKE ELSINORE, CA - AUGUST 10: A residential street is covered in fire retardant after it was sprayed from a firefighting aircraft as the Holy Fire burns nearby on August 10, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, California. The fire continues to grow amidst a heat wave and has now burned over 18,000 acres while remaining just five percent contained. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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LAKE ELSINORE, CA - AUGUST 10: A vehicle and driveway are covered in fire retardant after it was sprayed from a firefighting aircraft as the Holy Fire burns nearby on August 10, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, California. The fire continues to grow amidst a heat wave and has now burned over 18,000 acres while remaining just five percent contained. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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LAKE ELSINORE, CA - AUGUST 10: Firefighters work as the Holy Fire burns near homes on August 10, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, California. The fire continues to grow amidst a heat wave and has now burned over 18,000 acres while remaining just five percent contained. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Residents with thank-you signs wave from a street corner in recognition of firefighters' efforts in the battle against the August 2018 Holy fire.
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A truck and a street are covered in fire retardant dropped by an air tanker as crews battle a wildfire Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Firefighters fought to spare homes Friday from a growing Southern California forest fire, a day after flames came perilously close to neighborhoods and destroyed one house. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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A firefighter sets a backburn to fight the Holy Fire as it burns in the Cleveland National Forest along a hillside at Temescal Valley in Corona, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Firefighters fought a desperate battle to stop the wildfire from reaching homes as the blaze surged through the forest above the city of Lake Elsinore and its surrounding communities. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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The Holy Fire burns in the Cleveland National Forest along a hillside at Temescal Valley in Corona, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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A firefighter battles the Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest along a hillside at Temescal Valley in Corona, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Firefighters fought a desperate battle to stop the Holy Fire from reaching homes as the blaze surged through the Cleveland National Forest above the city of Lake Elsinore and its surrounding communities. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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A fire engine leaves a church parking lot during the Holy fire battle Friday Aug. 10, 2018.
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A fire engine during the Holy fire fight Friday Aug. 10, 2018.
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An air tanker soar over the Holy fire Friday Aug. 10, 2018.
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A sheriff's deputy stands guard at a gate near a hillside as the Holy Fire burns in the Cleveland National Forest at Temescal Valley in Corona, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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The Holy Fire burns in the Cleveland National Forest at a hillside near homes in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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Members of Cal Fire take pictures while a plane drops water on the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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The Holy Fire burns the backyard of a home in the Cleveland National Forest in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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Firefighters keep watch on the Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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A firefighting air tanker flies over the Holy Fire on August 8, 2018.
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