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By Kim Harris
Managing Editor 

City of Lake Elsinore picks up the pieces following Holy Fire


Last updated 8/29/2018 at 7:12pm

Shane Gibson

Clouds of ash billow from the street sweepers near the Holy Fire burn area as the city of Lake Elsinore begins the cleanup effort of remnants of the Holy Fire's devastation, Aug. 17.

Efforts are underway to clean up everything from ash to bright red fire retardant, or Phos Chek, dropped by Cal Fire in the hills near the city of Lake Elsinore following the Holy Fire, which charred 22,886 acres since first being reported Aug. 6.

The rapidly moving brush fire, caused by an alleged arsonist, quickly spread into Riverside County, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes in the Lake Elsinore area. Firefighters were able to save the homes but between the fire itself and firefighter' efforts to contain the blaze, there is now a dusty, dirty mess of debris residents and city of...

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