Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Progress On Mendocino Complex Fire As Firefight Enters 3rd Week

Progress On Mendocino Complex Fire As Firefight Enters 3rd Week

"We continue to actively engage, but can not get ahead of the fire", the statement said.

"I also want to remind you not to panic", he said.

"For us it's disappointing, because he is just a scourge on this canyon", Milligan told local media. "He was being gentlemanly in the beginning and turned and then swore at me and turned and left and was quoting the Bible".

"I was asleep. I had two earplugs in", he told the reporter. Milligan said he received a text from Clark that said "It's all going to burn".

Clark, he said, is an erratic, risky person whom Milligan flagged to federal and state officials on a regular basis. He is accused of threatening his neighbors, including one whose cabin burned down an hour later, Duff said.

Clark's arraignment was delayed Thursday and could take place Friday, according to Rebecca Moss, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors, who said the fire has damaged or destroyed at least 14 homes.

"Arson is a bad crime that destroys dreams", she said in a press conference Wednesday.

During a Wednesday afternoon briefing, Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Shane Sherwood said the fire began "around and near" Clark's cabin in Holy Jim Canyon.

Sherwood said no witnesses have come forward saying they saw Clark start the fire, but the area of origin is around his residence.

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More than 21,000 people have been evacuated in and around the city of Lake Elsinore, where flames and billowing smoke rose into the sky at the edge of the city of 60,000 near the Santa Ana Mountains.

With temperatures soaring past 100 degrees, an excessive heat warning has been issued for the fire area.

The fire threatened communities near the inland resort of Lake Elsinore in Riverside County, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles.

"This is a monster", Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer said on August 8, NPR reported.

Spitzer added that his constituents are "scared" and "fleeing their homes". "They're putting everything they can in the back of their cars as quickly as possible".

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asked residents to prepare for future emergencies and thanked firefighters and other personnel battling California's deadliest wildfire this year.

The largest fire in California history is the Mendocino Complex Fire, which consists of the Ranch and River fires - in Northern California.

As of 7 p.m. Thursday, the Carr Fire had burned almost 180,000 acres and was nearly 50 percent contained, fire officials said.

Though it's exploded in size, more firefighters are fighting a fire near Redding that has killed six people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses.

The Thursday morning wreck led to the eighth death connected to the Carr fire, which has proved to be the most lethal of the year. The jumbo jets have seen increased usage in recent years as fires become larger and more common across significant swaths of the country. Eight people have died as a result of the fires.

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