"We continue to actively engage, but can not get ahead of the fire", it said. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties Thursday night.
Clark has been charged with one felony count each of aggravated arson damaging at least five inhabited structures, arson of inhabited property, arson of forest and criminal threats and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.
Before it began, Clark reportedly sent an email to a neighbor that said, "This place will burn". "Every single person in this canyon is afraid of him, No. 1, avoids him, No. 2, and knew he was going to do something insane". Milligan called back and though the reception was poor in the canyon, he recognized Clark's voice, he said.
"Years ago, a large gathering really had to be advertised for it to become a large gathering", Johnson said, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.
Clark is being held at the Orange County Jail on $1 million bail and is expected to make a court appearance Friday. The 51-year-old Trabuco Canyon resident now faces the possibility of life in state prison.
Before he was arrested, Clark told a cameraman he was asleep and had no clue how it started.
Residents living in the communities of Phelan/Pinon Hills are reporting heavy ash falling along with a strong smell of smoke that has blanketed the area prompting 911 to receive multiple reports of an alleged fire nearby. Other major fires, such as the Ferguson Fire burning near Yosemite, have also wreaked havoc.
California May Face Worst Fire Season
Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer had harsh words for Clark, saying that if he is convicted he "needs to suffer the fullest punishment of the law".
King Bass, 6, left, sits and watches the Holy Fire burn from top of his parents' vehicle as his sister Princess, 5, rests her head on his shoulder Thursday in Lake Elsinore.
Institute. Those areas had previously been under voluntary evacuation orders. The late Rick Gale, who over several decades fought some of the largest wildland fires as a Type 1 Incident Commander and Area Commander, would say, "Don't choose the NEXT RIDGE, choose the BEST RIDGE", even if it is miles away.
Forrest Clark, 51, was accused of starting the Holy Fire in southern California, one of 18 blazes burning across the state, smoke from which has triggered air quality warnings in cities including San Francisco.
Firefighters are working to contain the blazes.
"The biggest hazard for this operational period is going to be driving", Carr fire public safety officer Baraka Carter told firefighters at a morning briefing earlier this week. The deadly fire has been burning for more than two weeks and consumed 177,450 acres as of Thursday morning. The fire more than 100 miles north of Sacramento has destroyed more than 100 homes and blackened an area about the size of Los Angeles.