California's Holy Fire intensifies, forces thousands from their homes

The Ranch Fire spots out ahead of the main fire in Spring Valley Calif. Monday Aug. 6 2018

The Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency Thursday night for Orange and Riverside counties as a four-day-old fire carved its way along ridges and hillsides of the Cleveland National Forest.

Officials said the Holy Fire in Cleveland National Forest had grown by Saturday morning to almost 33 square miles (85 sq. kilometers).

"It's right there on the hill. and there's active firefighting going on right now" to keep the flames from homes, said Thanh Nguyen of the Garden Grove Fire Department, who is one of the spokesman for the firefighting effort.

Meanwhile, evacuations continued on Wednesday as the Holy Fire flames approached within half a mile of homes.

Clark spoke to a videographer from OnScene outside his Holy Jim Canyon prior to his arrest, insisting he had nothing to do with the fire.

Forrest Clark, 51, made several outbursts, claiming his life was being threatened and said the arson charge against him was a lie.

He is now expected to appear in court Friday and is facing life in prison if convicted. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

According to Orange County officials, Mr Clark had emailed the local volunteer fire chief to threaten "this place will burn". Ironically, his cabin was the only one in the canyon to survive the flames, the newspaper reported.

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The mandatory evacuation orders were issued as the inferno - which is suspected to have been deliberately started - inched closer towards homes in the area. "I was asleep. I had two earplugs in". The deadly fire has been burning for more than two weeks and consumed 177,450 acres as of Thursday morning. But amid all these grim and rising numbers, California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has listed just one cause: "human". It truly does roar.

For the tens of thousands of Californians who have been driven from their homes, the wait to learn what's happened is torture. "Not much more that you can do".

Cal Fire says the firefighter was assigned to the Butte Unit that is assigned to the Carr Fire burning near Redding.

Firefighters under Cal Fire's command have helped OR authorities fight a fire near the California border and responded to a blaze that broke out this week in Orange County and burned a dozen cabins. It was 51 percent contained with firefighters struggling in steep terrain to control it, CalFire said.

In Northern California, a mechanic helping to fight the Carr Fire, burning around Redding, was killed in a auto crash on Thursday, the eighth person to die in that conflagration.

Crews turned a corner in their battle against Northern California's Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest-ever in recorded state history, getting it 60 percent contained.

It has killed seven people, including two firefighters, and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes.

Two other people have died in the Ferguson Fire, which has forced the partial closure of Yosemite National Park.

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