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

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

An estimated 700 firefighters were battling the blaze.

Trabuco and Holy Jim canyons were also under mandatory evacuation orders, as well as the Blue Jay and El Cariso campgrounds.

All schools in the Lake Elsinore Unified, Menifee Unified, Perris Union High School and Perris Elementary School districts in Riverside County will be closed Saturday due to poor air quality caused by the fire.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors, who said the fire has damaged or destroyed at least 14 homes.

Los Angeles' CBSLA reported that 51-year-old Forrest Gordon Clark initially refused to leave his jail cell to appear before his judge. The brush fire started on Monday and has destroyed 12 structures.

He is being held on $1 million bail and expected in court Thursday.

Steep, inaccessible terrain has hampered crews tackling the Holy fire and the blaze was only 10 percent contained on Friday.

But president also drew controversy when he Tweeted earlier this week that the state's environmental laws exacerbated the fires burning across the state.

Institute. Those areas had previously been under voluntary evacuation orders.

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

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Edman, of the National Weather Service, says not all fires can create this long-ranging stream of smoke, but the cumulation of fire after fire after fire in the state has made it possible this time around.

Firefighters in California are battling 15 large fires.

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.

'Strong down drafts is making the fire move aggressively downhill, ' said Nguyen, noting that firefighters were working to build barriers and containment lines to protect more than 2,000 homes at risk from the fire.

"This is a monster", Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer said at a news conference Wednesday.

The Complex fire is actually made up of two fires: the smaller River Fire, which has burned 48,920 acres, and the larger Ranch Fire, which has burned 255,482.

Environmentalists "make outdated and unscientific arguments, void of facts", Zinke wrote, "because they can not defend the merits of their policy preferences year after year as our forests and homes burn to the ground". It has killed eight people, including three firefighters, and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes.

In the Redding area, the year's deadliest fire was almost half surrounded and was burning into remote and rugged forest land but grass, brush and trees there are so dry from years of drought and recent heat that the potential remained for the fire to grow, state fire officials said.

The Holy Fire still rages and is only 5 percent contained, the Orange County Register reported.

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