If you look in the skies above Newport towards Saddleback Mountain, you have probably seen the– oh, yep, you just saw it.
That plume you see is a massive fire at Holy Jim Canyon on Saddleback Mountain.
It’s a bit outside of Newport but it definitely could affect us if the wind changes with its smoke.
With one of the hottest Julys on record since recordkeeping began, fires are a serious concern right now, so please use extra caution when cooking outside or disposing of things like cigars or cigarette butts. This began as a brush fire.
News is still developing on this one. Thank you to SaveNewporters Amanda Kloman, and John Romero for the tips!
From the OC Fire Authority: “700+ acres burning away from OC towards Santiago Peak. OCFA has command of the incident until USFS Incident Management Team arrives.”