Holy Fire: 21,000 evacuated as California blaze inches to Lake Elsinore

They are fighting California's biggest fire — in steep forest terrain with rattlesnakes scorpions and poisonous plants

They are fighting California's biggest fire — in steep forest terrain with rattlesnakes scorpions and poisonous plants

The Holy Fire burns in the Cleveland National Forest.

The fire threatened communities near the inland resort of Lake Elsinore in Riverside County, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles. "I thought, 'There's no way they're saving my house.' But somehow they did".

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. "We continue to actively engage, but can not get ahead of the fire", it said.

The Holy Fire has burned 10,000 acres in Orange and Riverside counties and now stands at only five percent contained. Gov.

"These conditions will increase the likelihood of extreme fire behavior as well", the US Forest Service said.

A 51-year-old man was arrested in California in connection with a wildfire that has burned 6,200 acres, and is accused of saying, "This place will burn", in a text message.

Footage of the arrest shows the suspect standing in handcuffs without a shirt on as his neighbors' homes burn.

Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Milligan told the Orange County Register that Clark has long feuded with other cabin owners in the canyon and last week sent him an email warning: "This place will burn". "Everything else is replaceable but your life is not", Johnson said. In a recent encounter two weeks ago, the chief said that he came to his home. Milligan called back and though the reception was poor in the canyon, he recognized Clark's voice, he said.

A U.S. Forest Service spokesman said more than a dozen cabins in Clark's neighborhood had burned.

His court hearing was supposed to be on Thursday, but he refused to leave his jail cell.

If Clark is convicted he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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

The fire, one of several across the state, has destroyed more than 19,000 acres of forest north of San Diego. At least 12 structures have been destroyed.

Meanwhile, as the Holy Fire rages, firefighters continue battling two others.

But some residents have chose to ignore evacuation orders and stay behind.

"I said 'I want nothing to do with you, Forrest".

Now one local firefighter says much of the destruction could have been avoided had law enforcement not ignored years of complaints.

The Mendocino Complex fires have grown to become the largest fire in state history, spreading over an area of 469 square miles.

Two firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries Monday.

It's one of almost 20 blazes across California, which is seeing earlier, longer and more destructive wildfire seasons because of drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change and home construction deeper into forests.

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest and Whiskeytown National Recreation Area are among the areas that have been affected by the Carr Fire, which has killed 8 people and forced tens of thousands to evacuate. On July 21, he and Republican Rep. Tom McClintock visited the incident command post for the Ferguson Fire just outside of Yosemite National Park.

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