Containment grows for California wildfire

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2018

Ziggy Torok and Starla Affatati watch helplessly Thursday as the flames of the Holy Fire close in on Torok's home in the Rice Canyon neighborhood of Lake Elsinore, Calif.

One, the Mendocino Complex Fire, is the largest wildfire in California history. Andy Edman, chief of the science technology infusion division at the National Weather Service, says small particles of smoke that come from the fires can stay in the air and move through the Earth's atmosphere - all the way to the East Coast. Some of the orders were lifted on Saturday morning, including for Horsethief, McVicker and Rice canyons.

Although the neighborhood is under an evacuation order, the 38-year-old Rodriguez told the San Bernardino Sun that he chose to stay to help save his home.

A little farther north, the Carr Fire has claimed some 178,000 acres and remains just half-contained, as well.

One then swoops in low behind a row of houses before opening its bay doors and dumping its load of flame retardant liquid over the ground.

Rodriguez's wife and two daughters evacuated.

New evacuations were ordered Wednesday.

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

"I turned to him and said, 'Let's go, '" Pritchett said. "We are in great hands, the best in the world".

'Pray for our town. "Pray for our people", he said.

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

Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, had emailed the local volunteer fire chief to threaten "this place will burn", according to Orange County officials.

Forrest Clark, 51, was arrested and charged with arson in relation to one of the wildfires burning in California.

The charges being leveled against Clark carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, said Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

He had been scheduled to appear before the court on Thursday but refused to leave his jail cell.

Winds gusting to almost 20 mph (32 kph) at times drove the fire through dense chaparral on the foothill slopes and along ridgetops, sending up an enormous column of smoke that smeared the sky for miles around.

Castro left his home of eight years and joined the line of cars snaking out of Lake Elsinore.

More than 600 firefighters have been deployed to fight it, the Washington Post reports. The blaze didn't reach the heart of the park and instead burned in remote areas, making roads inaccessible and polluting the area with smoke.

The Mendocino Complex Fire in northern California, which is made up of two separate fires, has burned at least 302,086 acres since it began on 27 July.

Environmentalists "make outdated and unscientific arguments, void of facts", Zinke wrote, "because they can not defend the merits of their policy preferences year after year as our forests and homes burn to the ground". Several of Root's family members living nearby also lost their homes as well.

The Holy Fire was only 5 per cent contained yesterday. And he was killed as a result of a traffic accident on Highway 99 in Tehama County.

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