‘The place is going to burn,’ arson suspect allegedly texted before fire

‘The place is going to burn,’ arson suspect allegedly texted before fire

High temperatures and dry grass and brush have made it hard for firefighters to get a handle on the blaze.

Mandatory evacuation notices are in place for Mayhew/Sycamore Creek, Glen Eden, Horsethief, Rice Canyon, Rice Lake, McVicker, Machado and South El Cariso and Riverside.

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).

The man accused of deliberately starting the latest fast-moving blaze faces life in prison if convicted of arson and other charges.

Clark refused to leave his jail cell Thursday, so his arraignment was postponed until Friday. The 181,000-acre Carr Fire has destroyed almost 1,100 homes.

During a court appearance Friday, the man accused of starting the wildfire raging across Southern California claimed he could "easily" come up with his $1 million bond - and made several other odd outbursts.

It was 49 percent contained with firefighters struggling in steep terrain to control the blaze, CalFire said.

North of Sacramento, crews were gaining the upper hand on massively destructive fires even as new ones forced more evacuations and the weather forecast called for hot, dry, gusty weather.

Though they have made progress since the fires were first ignited in July, air pollution from the smoke and burning embers is still a serious concern for California residents.

Fire officials warned residents to heed evacuation orders.




Fire chiefs say they expect it to burn for the rest of the month.

Last Saturday US President Donald Trump declared the fires as a major disaster to bolster the emergency response and government assistance for the wildfires.

Several fires are burning throughout California, including one that is the largest fire in the Golden State's history.

Forrest Gordon Clark, who local authorities have arrested and charged with two counts of felony arson and felony threatening to terrorize, spread a series of alt-right conspiracies on his personal Facebook page.

High temperatures were expected to worsen conditions and "increase the likelihood of extreme fire behavior as well as heat illness issues for the firefighters and the public", it said. California firefighters are now working to contain at least 18 fires in the state.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the relatively small blaze, which has consumed more than 18,000 acres since it began on Tuesday, fire officials said.

Milligan said he did not know what he meant, adding that Clark sent emails to other people in which he talked about burning something.

Clark spoke to a videographer from OnScene outside his Holy Jim Canyon prior to his arrest, insisting he had nothing to do with the fire.

Crews turned a corner in their battle against Northern California's Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest-ever in California, getting it halfway contained.

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