Firefighters Injured Battling Blaze in Cleveland National Forest

Firefighters Injured Battling Blaze in Cleveland National Forest

Since it started from a burning vehicle near Redding on July 23 it has burned over 186,000 acres in an area about 27 miles long by 19 miles wide.

Mandatory evacuation notices are in place for Mayhew/Sycamore Creek, Glen Eden, Horsethief, Rice Canyon, Rice Lake, McVicker, Machado and South El Cariso and Riverside.

As flames raged closer, some residents ignoring evacuation orders stood in driveways or on top of roofs and used garden hoses to keep their homes wet and to fight the flames as smoke billowed around them.

Forrest Clark, 51, was supposed to be in court on Thursday, but he refused to go.

Clark is being held pending bail of $1million.

The webcam still from the Holy Fire, from the University of California at San Diego, is just one of a number of stunning images capturing these flying tankers.

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.

Firefighters are working on strengthening containment barriers in order to prevent spreading to residences.

To the south, Cal Fire says, "Crews...continue suppression fix and patrol".


Other large fires are also continuing to drain resources and push firefighters to exhaustion.

As night fell Thursday, the Holy Fire had destroyed about a dozen structures since it erupted three days earlier in the Cleveland National Forest.

The head of the Orange Country team fighting the Holy fire said the blaze started near Clark's cabin in Jim Canyon.

But the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says Thursday it will still take several weeks to fully surround the massive wildfire in Northern California, called the Mendocino Complex Fire, because it's burning in steep terrain that's hard to reach. He is facing two felony counts of arson, one to terrorize and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

Officials said the Holy Fire in Cleveland National Forest had grown by Saturday morning to almost 33 square miles (85 sq. kilometers). It was 51 percent contained on Friday.

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

Weather conditions with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees and relative humidity below 15 percent created conditions conducive to extreme fire behavior as well as heat illnesses for the firefighters, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Meanwhile, no one has been killed by the Mendocino Complex Fire, though two firefights have been injured and 119 residences have been burned.

"This is a monster", Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer said at a news conference Wednesday. It has killed seven people, including two firefighters, and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes.

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