Cal Fire Mechanic Killed In Crash On Way To Battle Carr Fire
Cal Fire Mechanic Killed In Crash On Way To Battle Carr Fire
The Associated Press
11 August, 2018, 19:08
A 51-year-old man who is accused of making the threat, "This place will burn", for over three years has been arrested and charged with starting the so-called "Holy Fire", causing almost 10,000 acres to burn and 20,000 people to be placed under evacuation orders at Cleveland National Forest in Southern California.
Despite mandatory evacuation orders, Castro stayed behind to protect his Lake Elsinore home from looters, he said. Two weeks ago, he came to Milligan's home to return items he "borrowed" from the fire department, the volunteer fire chief said.
Wildfires across California and the region could be further stoked by strong gusts, low humidity and hot weather on Friday and Saturday, forecasters warned.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District issued a smoke advisory through Friday in Orange County and portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties because of the Holy fire. But Cal Fire said the flames are out of control to the north, roaring into remote and unpopulated areas of thick forests and deep ravines as firefighters contend with record-setting temperatures.
He is facing two felony counts of arson, one to terrorize and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. Clark has been charged with multiple counts of arson and accused of making threats prior to the blaze.
Fire spokeswoman Kate Kramer says Thursday that the majority of the 15-square-mile (39-square-kilometer) blaze is burning in wildland areas.
He had refused to leave his jail cell on Thursday.
Hundreds of firefighters are building barriers and constructing containment lines in an attempt to slow approaching wildfires threatening to torch thousands of homes in a lakeside community southeast of Los Angeles.
The head of the Orange Country team fighting the Holy fire said the blaze started near Clark's cabin in Jim Canyon.
"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.
"We have a responsibility to ensure that any large gathering is safe and being conducted legally", Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters.
The fire is burning about an hour east of the ocean near the town of Lake Elsinore.
Some evacuations have been ordered, according to the U.S. Forest Service.
Onlookers are silhouetted against the reflection of a wildfire burning in the Cleveland National Forest in Lake Elsinore, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. A dozen properties have so far been razed by the blaze. His wife, children and dog had evacuated as the bright orange flames from the Holy Fire swept through the canyon, sending ash and billowing black smoke into his neighborhood.
"On behalf of all Californians, we honor Andrew and the many other courageous firefighters and emergency responders who have risked their lives to protect others", Gov.
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