Progress On Mendocino Complex Fire As Firefight Enters 3rd Week

This satellite image released on Tuesday Aug. 7 2018 provided by NOAA shows the wildfires known as the Mendocino Complex Calif. Northern California is grappling with the largest wildfire in California history breaking a record set only months ear

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

Trabuco and Holy Jim canyons were also under mandatory evacuation orders, as well as the Blue Jay and El Cariso campgrounds.

The fire - named for the canyon where it started - destroyed a dozen cabins after it broke out Monday.

Shannon Hicks, 59, defied an evacuation order and watched in awe as firefighters faced down a storm of flames that descended toward her street in the city of Lake Elsinore. If convicted he faces up to life in prison.

Clark's arraignment was delayed until Friday because he had refused to come out of his cell to appear in court Thursday. A court commissioner ordered his bail to remain at $1 million US. The Miramonte jail camp made a fire line to stop the advancing Holy Fire from consuming homes in the area.

Although it's not the largest burning in the state, the Holy Fire has raised concerns about its effect on residential communities, including Lake Elsinore.

Officials are wary that the fire could threaten more homes if the wind were to change direction or the fire were to branch into drainage basins.

A firefighter battles the Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest along a hillside at Temescal Valley in Corona, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018.

Orange County Sheriffs Department Forrest Clark is accused of starting the Holy Fire in Southern California.

In total there are 13 fires burning across California, with more than 13,500 firefighters tackling the blazes.

Forrest Gordon Clark was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of two counts of felony arson, and one count each of felony threat to terrorize and misdemeanour resisting arrest.

"Extreme fire behaviour was observed to the north and east portions of the fire.

Just go, '" Milligan said, according to CNN. CalFire noted on its web site that "heavy timber and fuel loading have challenged firefighting efforts" to contain the Carr Fire.

The Holy Fire has scorched 18,137 acres and was 5% contained, the forest said on its Twitter page on Friday morning.

Shane Sherwood with the Orange County Fire Authority said the evidence gathered led them to believe the fire was an intentional act, but are still working through the evidence to determine how it was started. It has killed seven people, including two firefighters, and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes. The sprawling Mendocino Complex fire in Lake County, which became the largest in state history earlier this week, had grown to 304,402 acres as of Thursday morning, officials said.

Further north, the Carr Fire was declared 51 percent under control, after scorching 180,000 acres (73,000 hectares) of land and claiming the lives of three firefighters and five civilians, making it California's third deadliest fire ever.

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