Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Wildfire suspect arrested after threatening 'this place will burn'

Wildfire suspect arrested after threatening 'this place will burn'

It's one of almost 20 blazes across the state, 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. For the past three years, Milligan says, he has been warning the local sheriff's office and U.S. Forest Service about Clark, repeatedly telling them, "You have to do something or he's going to kill someone or burn this place down".

The phone numbers for residents to call for information on the Holy Fire have changed, according to CalFire.

The forest service said: "We continue to actively engage, but can not get ahead of the fire". But for the residents it's affecting, the fire is of the devil.

Milligan said he received a text from Clark that said "It's all going to burn".

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

With resources stretched thin battling the 14 other large wildfires burning throughout California, it has taken time for officials to get the full number of personnel needed on the Holy Fire.

The Mendocino Complex fire has been declared the largest in state history and has already engulfed 290,692 acres. Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders and one person has been arrested in connection with one of the blazes.

Some hillsides were allowed to burn under the watchful eyes of firefighters as a way to reduce fuel and make it harder for flames to jump roadways into communities if winds pick up again.

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).

Firefighters are working on strengthening containment barriers in order to prevent spreading to residences.

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.

The suspect charged with starting the Holy Fire in Southern California denies the charges against him, calling them "all a lie".

About 5.4 million acres (2.2 million hectares) have been blackened in more than a dozen states during this year's extremely active wildfire season, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. They were trying to keep the flames from devouring neighborhoods and taking lives, as big fires still burning in Northern California have done.

A little farther north, the Carr Fire has claimed some 178,000 acres and remains just half-contained, as well. The blaze about 100 miles north of San Francisco around the resort region of Clear Lake has destroyed 116 homes and injured two firefighters.

The Ranch Fire rolled northward about 13,000 acres yesterday-most of it in remote mountainous areas.

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