After the Holy Fire, Returning Home

Post Date:08/13/2018

The Holy Fire is among one of the worst disasters to affect the City of Lake Elsinore. Beyond the devastation to our hillside, the fire has left behind many impacts on our community including fire retardant, ash, poor air quality, and emotional trauma. Below are links to several resources our residents related to the Holy Fire.

Holy Fire Updates:

City Cleanup: The City has finished manually cleaning phos-check and ash from sidewalks, curb & gutters, and streets in the McVicker Canyon area. See map of areas completed. Next, City crews will be tackling and cleaning all City parks starting on the north end of the City. 

Street Sweeping:  In coordination with Riverside County Public Health and CR&R, the City has decided to suspend all regular street sweeping schedules and will be prioritize street sweeping based on the needs of each neighborhood through the end of August. Find out more. Regular street sweeping schedules will resume week of Sept. 3. No citations for street sweeping will be issued through Sept. 10th. 

Water Use Appeal, Reduce Water Costs Due to Fire: The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) is offering customers who live in the areas where Phos Check was sprayed and whose water use may have exceeded normal water use due to the fires an opportunity to appeal their water use and reduce their cost. Find out more at:

Removing Fire Retardant while Reducing Runoff to the Lake - Phos Check is similar to a fertilizer and is highly concentrated in nutrients that can be detrimental to Lake Elsinore's water quality. The City has created the following fact sheet to assist residents in cleaning up their properties while also reducing the impacts to our waterways: responsible fire retardant clean up  

Cal Fire After A Wildfire Information & Resources

CAL FIRE - Wildland Fire Retardant FAQ -

CAL FIRE - Holy Fire Suppression Repairs - Preparing for What's Next After the Fire - 

FEMA - After the Fire! Returning to Normal Booklet!%20Returning%20to%20Normal&utm_campaign=R3D

FEMA - Tips on Smoke Removal and Fire Cleanup

Riverside County Health Advisory & Precautions for Cleaning Up Ash - Spanish

Smoke Advisory – Air Quality Unhealthy (ongoing notices regarding air quality)

August 13 -

Swimming Pool Guidelines Impacted by Smoke & Ash

CDC - Dealing with Distress & Trauma After a Disaster

Disaster Loan Assistance 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest, long-term loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters for physical and economic damage caused by a declared disaster. The loans can be used to repair or replace items damaged or destroyed including real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets. Find out more at:


Thank you to our amazing community for all of the donations and support given. Currently, the City is not accepting anymore donations. Instead, we urge residents to donate to a trusted local nonprofit. Find ideas at

School Updates

The Lake Elsinore Unified School District (LEUSD) has postponed the start of school until Monday, August 20, 2018. Find the latest updates from LEUSD at

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