Thousands moved out the path of a "Holy Fire" in California

Thousands moved out the path of a

Thousands moved out the path of a "Holy Fire" in California

A California man has been arrested on suspicion of setting a fire that has forced 21,000 people from their homes and burnt 10,000 acres. "I do not understand though".

A court commissioner postponed Clark's arraignment until August 17.

Josh Castro waited until the last minute to escape the massive inferno near his house.

No more homes were torched on Friday but some 20,000 people remained under evacuation orders.

Meanwhile, evacuations continued on Wednesday as the Holy Fire flames approached within half a mile of homes. "I turned to him and said, 'Let's go, '" Pritchett said. "I thought, 'There's no way they're saving my house.' But somehow they did".

"For those wondering about containment, the hand/containment line grows as the fire grows".

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties due to the effects of the Holy Fire, allowing the state Office of Emergency Services to provide assistance to the counties.

Current forecasts see temperatures of between 91-97 degrees Fahrenheit (32-36C) and westerly wind gusts of up to 25mph. The Donnell fire in Stanislaus County, which drew concern when it grew exponentially over the weekend, has now burned 17,941 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Milligan said he's known Clark for decades and has long warned he posed a danger to the community.

Firefighters with OCFA, USFS and the Cal Fire Riverside Fire Department are among the several agencies battling the blaze.

When he told Clark he wanted nothing to do with him, the suspect swore at him and called him a jerk, he said.

This comes after he allegedly sent a text to a firefighter two weeks ago saying it was all going to burn.

A plane used to fight the fire had to make an emergency landing Friday following a bird strike, officials said. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

"May I pay for that immediately?" asked Clark, who could face life in prison if convicted.

Before his arrest, Clark told a freelance cameraman he was asleep when the fire started and had no idea how it began.

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. Some of the orders were lifted on Saturday morning, including for Horsethief, McVicker and Rice canyons. "Then he needs to suffer the fullest punishment of the law".

Along with Pritchett's home, the Holy Fire burned 12 cabins at its origin in the community of Holy Jim on Monday.

Incredible photos show apocalyptic scenes as firefighters try to battle the blaze.

Several fires are burning throughout California, including one that is the largest fire in the Golden State's history. It has burned 312,447 acres and injured two firefighters, and was 60% contained by Friday night.

The fire grew a bit Friday after almost doubling in size overnight.

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

The third largest is the Ferguson Fire, near Yosemite National Park, incinerating more than 95,000 acres.

It sparked almost three weeks ago.

The US Forest Service announced that firefighters had achieved 100% containment of the Cranston Fire, which began in late July in the San Bernardino National Forest.

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