‘It’s a lie,’ Holy Fire arson suspect tells judge

California wildfire

Since it started from a burning vehicle near Redding on July 23 it has burned over 186,000 acres in an area about 27 miles long by 19 miles wide. Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders and one person has been arrested in connection with one of the blazes.

The Holy Fire, which started started in the Holy Jim Canyon area, has been burning since Monday, with more than 600 firefighters assigned to fight it.

Schools have been closed in Menifee, Perris and Lake Elsinore.

Forrest Clark is facing a number of charges in the Holy Fire case.

Clark's arraignment was delayed Thursday and could take place Friday, according to Rebecca Moss, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

Clark is being held on $1 million bond.

The fast-moving fire has blackened 10,236 acres of the Cleveland National Forest and was only 5% contained Thursday evening. His wife, children and dog had evacuated as the bright orange flames from the Holy Fire swept through the canyon, sending ash and billowing black smoke into his neighborhood.

Although it's not the largest burning in the state, the Holy Fire has raised concerns about its effect on residential communities, including Lake Elsinore.

He said: 'I turned to him and said, "Let's go".

Here, you can see the vast swaths of burned vegetation underneath plumes of smoke from the Mendocino Complex Fire. But Cal Fire said the flames are out of control to the north, roaring into remote and unpopulated areas of thick forests and deep ravines as firefighters contend with record-setting temperatures.

During a Wednesday afternoon briefing, Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Shane Sherwood said the fire began "around and near" Clark's cabin in Holy Jim Canyon.

In addition to the Holy Fire, firefighters in California are battling 15 large blazes.

Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, was charged Thursday on suspicion of aggravated arson with the intent to cause injury to another or damage property, arson of an inhabited property, arson of forest, making criminal threats and resisting arrest, KTLA reported.

Crews braced for "extreme fire behavior" over the weekend, according to the federal fire information website InciWeb.

If Clark is guilty, a Washington Post interview with Milligan suggests that police could have prevented the arson.

"Firefighters continue to battle the blaze around the clock", the national forest tweet said.

"This is a monster", Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer said on August 8, NPR reported. The blaze about 100 miles north of San Francisco around the resort region of Clear Lake has destroyed 116 homes and injured two firefighters. The Carr Fire is already the sixth-most destructive in the state's history, having claimed six lives and burned through thousands of structures around the city of Redding.

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