Southern California’s ‘Holy Fire’ has burned 9,614 acres, suspected arsonist under arrest

Kim Burns sifts through the charred rubble of her home burned in the Carr Fire Sunday Aug. 12 2018 in Redding Calif

Kim Burns sifts through the charred rubble of her home burned in the Carr Fire Sunday Aug. 12 2018 in Redding Calif

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the flames, which have charred more than 18,000 acres (7,280 hectares).

About 350 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders because of the Hat Fire, which began Thursday near a highway.

The Holy Fire broke out on the afternoon of July 6 near Holy Jim and Trabuco Canyon roads, on the west side of the Santa Ana Mountains.

As flames raged closer, some residents ignoring evacuation orders stood in driveways or on top of roofs and used garden hoses to keep their homes wet and to fight the flames as smoke billowed around them.

He is accused of deliberately starting the latest fast-moving Holy Fire and faces life in prison if convicted of arson and other charges.

Clark's arraignment was delayed Thursday and could take place Friday, according to Rebecca Moss, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

The fire has destroyed 119 residences, along with 110 other structures.

His case was adjourned until 17 August and bail set at $US1m, at which point Mr Clark interjected: "I can handle a million (dollars) right now, easily".

The fast-moving fire has blackened 10,236 acres of the Cleveland National Forest and was only 5% contained Thursday evening. It was determined to be residual smoke from the Holy Fire.

The fire near Lake Elsinore is devouring brushy foothills, ridgetops and canyons.

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

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

Here, you can see the vast swaths of burned vegetation underneath plumes of smoke from the Mendocino Complex Fire.

Fire crews have made progress against the biggest blaze in California history but officials say it won't be fully contained until September.

Clark has been charged with one felony count each of aggravated arson damaging at least five inhabited structures, arson of inhabited property, arson of forest and criminal threats and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

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

Fire crews worked in 100-plus-degree (38 Celsius) heat. 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.

The forest service said: "We continue to actively engage, but can not get ahead of the fire".

Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer didn't mince words at a news conference Wednesday.

About 100 miles (160 km) southwest of the Carr Fire, almost 4,000 firefighters are battling the Mendocino Complex Fire, which has burned 307,000 acres (124,240 hectares) to become the largest fire on record in California.

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