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Australian and New Zealand fire crews help tackle California wildfire 'This place will burn,' says text allegedly sent by man arrested in connection with California fire
Leonard Rios | 11 August, 2018, 21:32

The blaze had burned more than 9,600 acres as of Thursday morning, an nearly 50% increase from the report the night before.

Two Trump cabinet officials are heading to Northern California next week to meet with officials working to contain the deadly Carr Fire, as the administration seeks to show its helping to fight this and other blazes ravaging the state.

More than 14,000 firefighters, including reinforcements from as far away as Australia and New Zealand, have fanned out across the state to stop the multitude of infernos.

He is being held on a $1-million bail and is set to appear in court on Thursday.

He added: "I woke up and my stuff was all on fire", he said. Later came another expletive-laden text that ended with the ominous warning: "The place is going to burn just like you planned".

Authorities say he intentionally started the fire on Monday after a decade-long dispute with neighbours.

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

One, the Mendocino Complex Fire, is the largest wildfire in California history.

"We have a responsibility to ensure that any large gathering is safe and being conducted legally", Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters.

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

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"For those wondering about containment, the hand/containment line grows as the fire grows".

The arraignment for Forrest Clark was supposed to be today, but the judge in the case said the suspect refused to go to court.

The fire more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Sacramento has destroyed more than 100 homes and blackened an area about the size of Los Angeles.

"Arson is a awful crime that destroys dreams", said Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

Some residents in Lake Elsinore are ignoring evacuation orders and are attempting to protect their homes themselves.

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

No more homes were torched on Friday but some 20,000 people remained under evacuation orders.

The Carr Fire, as it's called, killed six people, including two firefighters, and burned more than 1,000 homes.

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.

Last Saturday US President Donald Trump declared the fires as a major disaster to bolster the emergency response and government assistance for the wildfires. But Cal Fire said the flames are out of control to the north, roaring into remote and unpopulated areas of thick forests and deep ravines as firefighters contend with record-setting temperatures.

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