Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Smoke from California wildfires reaches NY

Smoke from California wildfires reaches NY

A California man has been arrested on suspicion of setting a fire that has forced 21,000 people from their homes and burnt 10,000 acres.

Santa Barbara City Fire posted an update on their crews working at the Carr Fire Thursday night.

Smoke billowing from the destructive fires burning through California this summer has spread far beyond the Golden State - reaching the East Coast.

Fire crews from Australia and more than 30 New Zealanders have also flown over to share their expertise in battling bush fires.

When bail was set Mr Clark said: "I can handle a million (dollars) right now, easily". "We continue to actively engage, but can not get ahead of the fire", it said.

"He said this place "is going to burn just like we planned", Mike Milligan, 71, a volunteer firefighter who was a recipient of the texts last week, said.

In Northern California, a mechanic helping to fight the Carr Fire burning around Redding was killed in a traffic collision on Thursday, bringing the death toll from that blaze to eight, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. Though they have made progress since the fires were first ignited in July, air pollution from the smoke and burning embers is still a serious concern for California residents. The sprawling Mendocino Complex fire in Lake County, which became the largest in state history earlier this week, had grown to 304,402 acres as of Thursday morning, officials said.

"Until this thing is barking at my door, I'm going to stick with it", he told the San Bernardino Sun.

If convicted, Clark could face 10 years to life in prison.

To the west and east, the Ranch Fire fire is settling down behind containment lines.

Experts warn that worsening weather conditions, with thunderstorms in the forecast, could lead to "extreme fire behaviour" over the next few days, he adds.

"They took me away last time for no [expletive] reason, I told them that I'd been vandalized", Clark said as the fire burned around him.

Clark was arrested late Tuesday on two counts of felony arson, one count of felony threat to terrorise and one count of misdemeanour resisting arrest, said Susan Schroeder, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office.

Forrest Clark, 51, made several outbursts, claiming his life was being threatened.

Shannon Hicks, 59, defied an evacuation order and watched in awe as firefighters faced down a storm of flames that descended toward her street in the city of Lake Elsinore.

Firefighters aided by cooler weather have made good progress against a blaze burning for almost a month near Yosemite National Park in the northern part of the state.

The fire is only 5% contained and is being fuelled by dry bush and erratic winds.

The Department of the Interior oversees the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service, while the Department of Agriculture manages the National Forest Service, which collectively oversee much of the federal land in California.

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