Arson wildfire threatens thousands of homes south of Los Angeles

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Crews turned a corner in their battle against a Northern California fire and achieved 51 percent containment of the Mendocino Complex - actually twin fires that are being fought together.

Cal Fire San Luis Obispo posted on twitter Thursday that Strike Team 9341C is stationed in neighborhoods defending structures at the Holy Fire.

In Southern California, the Holy fire had grown to 9,614 acres by Thursday morning, continuing to burn areas of Orange and Riverside counties as it crept toward canyon homes, officials said.

Firefighters under Cal Fire's command have helped OR authorities fight a fire near the California border and responded to a blaze that broke out this week in Orange County and burned a dozen cabins.

Additional fire crews have been brought in from surrounding counties and states, and from as far away as Australia and New Zealand.

Clark is being held on a $1 million bail. "I got burned. I woke up and my stuff was all on fire". He ran through the area last week screaming, and sent Milligan an email warning that "this place will burn", Milligan said.

Of the 14 cabins in Holy Jim Canyon where Clark lives, his was the only one to remain standing.

Smoke particles from fires in California traveled far previous year, too, when satellite images from NASA showed the smoke traveling over to the East Coast.

The Mendocino Complex fire has been declared the largest in state history and has already engulfed 290,692 acres. "Later, he came back and told me what a jerk I was and everyone was after him".

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The charges being leveled could carry a life sentence, said Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

According to WGN9, Clark told a cameraman he was asleep when the fire started.

The Holy Fire, is burning to the east of Trabuco Canyon near the border of Orange County and Riverside County within the Cleveland National Forest.

Los Angeles' CBSLA reported that 51-year-old Forrest Gordon Clark initially refused to leave his jail cell to appear before his judge.

High temperatures were expected to worsen conditions and "increase the likelihood of extreme fire behavior as well as heat illness issues for the firefighters and the public", it said.

Teresita Reyes was among some 20,000 people forced to evacuate, saying she was attending a wedding Wednesday when she received the order.

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.

However, the northern line of the fire continues to roll through remote mountain areas towards the Snow Mountain Wilderness and is now roughly about 15 miles directly east of Willits. Extremely dry brush in the area, combined with steep hillsides, created ideal conditions for the blazes to spread.

The forest service said: "We continue to actively engage, but can not get ahead of the fire".