09 August 2018
Last Updated: 14 August 2018

The Salvation Army Responds to Evacuations in Orange and Riverside County


The Holy Fire spreads to nearly 10,000 acres as mandatory evacuations go into effect.

UPDATE 8/13/18: At 52% containment, the Holy Fire sits at an approximate size of 22,714 acres. Since August 10, The Salvation Army has provided the following service to evacuees at emergency shelters in Orange County and Riverside County:

  • 725 meals
  • 209 snacks
  • 330 drinks
  • 42 persons prayed with
  • 86 people counseled

As of today, evacuation shelter population has drawn down, and food service is expected to end after today. The shelters themselves are expected to close within the next day.

Although the need for shelter support is drawing down, there are people that will need continued support in order to rebuild after the fire. Financial donations enable The Salvation Army to meet these diverse needs immediately. To support, click here or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.


With a massive overnight increase, the Holy Fire grew to a size of 9,600 acres, initiating a series of mandatory evacuations across Orange County and Riverside County. Originally beginning on Monday, August 6, the fire currently sits at 5% containment and has destroyed 12 structures. The Salvation Army has been asked to help with food service at two evacuation shelters: San Juan Hills High School (29211 Stallion Ridge, San Juan Capo, CA 92675) and Temescal Canyon High School (28755 El Toro Rd, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532). The food service will begin on Friday, August 10, and will be managed by The Salvation Army Tustin Ranch Corps and Murrieta Corps, respectively.

As the situation evolves and service begins, we will continuously update this page.

Donations allow The Salvation Army to provide rapid response based on immediate needs, as well as plan for long term recovery assistance. To donate, click here or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.