Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Firefighters worked furiously Friday to keep a Southern California wildfire from burning more homes while crews in the north finally gained ground on deadly and destructive blazes that have burned for two weeks.

Aircraft have been making flight after flight, dumping water and bright pink retardant to protect Lake Elsinore and other foothill communities as the fire sweeps through the dense, bone-dry brush of the Cleveland National Forest.

The Holy Fire — named for Holy Jim Canyon where it began Monday — grew to nearly 30 square miles (77 square kilometers) after nearly doubling in size overnight. But firefighters also made progress, with containment doubling from 5 to 10 percent. (AP)

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<p>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. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

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. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

<p>A helicopter drops water to protect a home at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

A helicopter drops water to protect a home at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A toddler covers his nose at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

A toddler covers his nose at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>King Bass, 6, left, sits and watches the Holy Fire burn from on top of his parents’ car as his sister Princess, 5, rests her head on his shoulder Thursday night, Aug. 9, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Photo: Patrick Record/AP) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

King Bass, 6, left, sits and watches the Holy Fire burn from on top of his parents’ car as his sister Princess, 5, rests her head on his shoulder Thursday night, Aug. 9, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Photo: Patrick Record/AP)

<p>A firefighting helicopter drops water makes a water drop near the Cal Fire CCC Fire Crew from Camarillo Fire Center during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: David McNew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

A firefighting helicopter drops water makes a water drop near the Cal Fire CCC Fire Crew from Camarillo Fire Center during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: David McNew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>A firefighter battles flames next to homes during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: David McNew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

A firefighter battles flames next to homes during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: David McNew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Flames from the Holy Fire shoot up above homes in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Flames from the Holy Fire shoot up above homes in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A firefighter consoles a man who is worried that his sister’s house (R) will burn during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: David McNew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

A firefighter consoles a man who is worried that his sister’s house (R) will burn during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: David McNew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Helicopters pass through smoke from the holy fire burning through Orange and Riverside county that has increased to over 18,000 acres in Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Maria Alejandra Cardona/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Helicopters pass through smoke from the holy fire burning through Orange and Riverside county that has increased to over 18,000 acres in Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Maria Alejandra Cardona/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

<p>Manuel Trujillo packs his belongings as flames of Holy Fire came very close to his home on 29000 block of Sandpiper Drive in Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Manuel Trujillo packs his belongings as flames of Holy Fire came very close to his home on 29000 block of Sandpiper Drive in Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

<p>Chickens walk around a backyard covered in pink fire retardant at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Chickens walk around a backyard covered in pink fire retardant at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A firefighter hoses down an American flag as flame reach the backyard of a home during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: David McNew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

A firefighter hoses down an American flag as flame reach the backyard of a home during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: David McNew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Firefighters near a backyard pool monitor flames threatening homes during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: David McNew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Firefighters near a backyard pool monitor flames threatening homes during the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: David McNew/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>People watch flames from the Holy Fire outside Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, California, southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

People watch flames from the Holy Fire outside Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, California, southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Firefighters performing structure protection in the mountains above Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Firefighters performing structure protection in the mountains above Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

<p>A plane drops fire retardant behind homes along McVicker Canyon Park Road in Lake Elsinore, Calif., as the Holy Fire burned near homes on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (Photo: Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

A plane drops fire retardant behind homes along McVicker Canyon Park Road in Lake Elsinore, Calif., as the Holy Fire burned near homes on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (Photo: Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)

<p>A firefighter keeps watch on the Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

A firefighter keeps watch on the Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

<p>Traffic makes their way south on I-15 as ash from the Holy Fire fills the air on Aug. 9, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Photo: Patrick Record/AP) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Traffic makes their way south on I-15 as ash from the Holy Fire fills the air on Aug. 9, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Photo: Patrick Record/AP)

<p>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. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

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. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

<p>Flames scorch a hillside at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles, on Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Flames scorch a hillside at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles, on Aug. 9, 2018. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Two police officers walk up a road covered with fire retardant as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

Two police officers walk up a road covered with fire retardant as firefighters continue to battle a wildfire Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Lake Elsinore, Calif. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP)

<p>The Holy Fire burns in the Cleveland National Forest behind homes along Crystal Ridge Court in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (Photo: Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

The Holy Fire burns in the Cleveland National Forest behind homes along Crystal Ridge Court in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (Photo: Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)

<p>People watch as the Holy Fire burns in Cleveland National Forest near homes on Aug. 9, 2018 in Corona, Calif. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

People watch as the Holy Fire burns in Cleveland National Forest near homes on Aug. 9, 2018 in Corona, Calif. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

<p>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. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

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. (Photo: Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP)

<p>The “Holy Fire” burns near homes in Horsethief Canyon in Corona, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (Photo: Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP) </p>
Firefighters battle raging Southern California wildfire

The “Holy Fire” burns near homes in Horsethief Canyon in Corona, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (Photo: Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)

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