Man Accused Of Starting Holy Fire In Southern Calif. Denies Charges

12 August, 2018, 02:56 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Firefighters monitor a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire part of the Mendocino Complex Fire on Tuesday Aug. 7 2018 near Ladoga Calif

Clark was arrested Tuesday night in connection with the fire, which is burning into its fourth day and has burned more than 18,000 acres.

Joe Rodriguez was using a power washer to wet down his patio in the McVicker Canyon Park neighborhood Thursday morning.

Riverside County: Areas 22 (Corona/Norco), 23 (Metropolitan Riverside), 24 (Perris Valley), 25 (Lake Elsinore), 26 (Temecula Valley), 28 (Hemet/San Jacinto Valley), and 29 (Banning Pass). If he's convicted, he could face life in prison.

The man suspected of setting the blaze, 51-year-old Forrest Clark, appeared in court Friday, but his arraignment was postponed.

Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Milligan, another resident of the canyon, said he's known Clark for 20 years and that he's had a history of mental illness and hospitalization.

Clark is being held pending bail of $1million. "This should be called the Holy Hell Fire".

However, they remained in place in Lake Elsinore for all homes on the mountain-side of Lake Street and southwest of Grand Avenue to the Ortega Highway are under mandatory evacuation orders.

Officials are wary that the fire could threaten more homes if the wind were to change direction or the fire were to branch into drainage basins.

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When the judge described his right to a preliminary hearing, Clark said, "I do not understand, though I will say, "yay" at this time".

Despite its massive size, the Mendocino Complex Fire was far from a worst-case scenario. The fire has grown quickly because of high temperatures and the area's steep terrain, according to the Cleveland National Forest.

The charges being leveled could carry a life sentence, said Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Two Trump cabinet officials are heading to Northern California next week to meet with officials working to contain the deadly Carr Fire, as the administration seeks to show its helping to fight this and other blazes ravaging the state.

According to a criminal complaint filed Thursday, he is charged with aggravated arson, arson of inhabited property, arson of forest, criminal threats, two counts of resisting and deterring an executive officer and arson burning multiple structures. While the blaze has continued its unrelenting march, U.S. Forest Service officials said Thursday they "expect favorable weather conditions this weekend" to help the firefighting effort. Dry conditions and an increase in dead trees are fueling the fires, which have left more than 800,000 acres of scorched Earth in their path and several people, including firefighters, dead.

Its largest blaze, the Ranch Fire, was only 53 percent contained compared to 87 percent for its twin River Fire. "This shouldn't be called the Holy Jim fire, it should be called the Holy Hell fire", he said.

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

The largest fire ever recorded in California - the Mendocino Complex - is burning north of Sacramento and has destroyed 119 homes but none in recent days.

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