Man held over devastating Californian wildfire

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It has killed eight people, including three firefighters, and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes.

Hundreds more firefighters joined the battle, bringing the total to 1,200. The 16-square-mile (41-square-kilometer) blaze was only 5 percent contained. Firefighters fought a desperate battle to stop the Holy Fire from reaching homes.

At least 20,000 foothill and canyon residents have evacuated as a growing wildfire churns through the Cleveland National Forest south of Los Angeles. There, too, he urged officials to focus more attention on dead tree and brush removal to keep fires from spreading amidst the dry and hot conditions. Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders and one person has been arrested in connection with one of the blazes. The 51-year-old state health inspector congratulated the couple and left quietly to head back to her house in the city of Lake Elsinore and grab important documents.

"Stay safe", she said as smoke billowed behind her. "God bless". "We were on pins and needles for a little while there because it got real close". The emergency declaration allows agencies to do all they can to help local governments.

"This shouldn't be called the Holy Jim Fire, this should be called the Holy Hell Fire".

The man suspected of starting one of the massive wild fires raging in California was to appear in court on Friday (Aug 10) and could face life in prison if eventually convicted of arson and other charges. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Milligan, who also has a cabin in the area, told the Orange County Register Clark has long feuded with a neighbor and other cabin owners.

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Beginning on 27 July, the Mendocino Complex fires are now burning in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties and have so far scorched over 300,000 acres of land and destroyed over 100 homes.

Burning about 100 miles north of San Francisco, the Mendocino Complex wildfire is the largest in California's history.

The fire grew to almost 77 square kilometers after almost doubling in size overnight.

President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Shasta County as a result of the blaze, paving the way for federal aid for the fire's victims.

Firefighters had nearly contained a huge fire near Yosemite National Park. "Who would go out with low humidity, and high wind and highest heat temperatures this time of year and intentionally set the forest on fire?" asked Spitzer during a news conference Wednesday, where he cited excessive heat warnings.

All schools in the Menifee Unified School District in Riverside County were closed Thursday due to poor air quality caused by the fire, and the campuses will remain shuttered Friday.