Suspect in California Holy Fire Case: It's 'Gonna Burn'

Erika Holt
August 12, 2018

Two firefighters were injured and 119 homes destroyed by that fire, which now ranks as the largest fire on record in the state.

Joe Rodriguez was using a power washer to wet down his patio in the McVicker Canyon Park neighborhood Thursday morning.

Many schools have been forced to close, and more evacuation orders were being issued.

Clark made several outbursts, claiming his life was being threatened and said the arson charge against him was a lie.

The man suspected of setting the blaze, 51-year-old Forrest Clark, appeared in court Friday, but his arraignment was postponed. But for the residents it's affecting, the fire is of the devil.

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. The so-called Holy Fire has chewed through 28 square miles (72 square kilometers) of dense chaparral and is only partially contained.

But president also drew controversy when he Tweeted earlier this week that the state's environmental laws exacerbated the fires burning across the state.

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However, evacuations were ordered for communities near a new fire in the Fall River Mills area, about 112 kilometres northeast of Redding.

Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Milligan said in an cell phone interview with The Washington Post that he has been flagging problems with Forrest Gordon Clark for over three years.

The massive Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California is now 60 percent contained, as firefighters enter their third week of battling what has become the largest wildfire in state history. He is charged with aggravated arson damaging at least five inhabited structures, arson of inhabited property, arson of forest and criminal threats, all felonies, as well as two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

Rob Gore, a firefighter from the Australian capital of Canberra, said it makes for good relationships that Australians often fight fires in North America and that Canadians and Americans regularly fight fires in his country. "This shouldn't be called the Holy Jim Fire, this should be called the Holy Hell Fire".

"We know this district burns, but it should never burn because of an intentional act".

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. "There is no peace in my home when he is here", she wrote in court documents. Two other people, a state fire heavy equipment mechanic assigned to the fire and a utility worker trying to restore power near the fire, have died in vehicle accidents. 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.

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