Holy Fire: 21,000 evacuated as California blaze inches to Lake Elsinore

14,000 firefighters inmates to foreigners aid California

More than 600 firefighters are battling the blaze.

Cal Fire San Luis Obispo posted on twitter Thursday that Strike Team 9341C is stationed in neighborhoods defending structures at the Holy Fire.

Despite its size, the fire hasn't proven almost as destructive as the nearby 177,400-acre Carr Fire, which burned portions of Redding, California, destroying more than 1,000 homes and killing seven people.

The Smoke Advisory issued on Tuesday morning due to smoke impact from the Holy Fire remains in effect until further notice.

More than 14,000 firefighters are working across the state, with crews from Australia and New Zealand assisting.

"I can handle a million right now easily", the arson suspect said.

He added: "I woke up and my stuff was all on fire", he 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.

The Holy Fire, which started started in the Holy Jim Canyon area, has been burning since Monday, with more than 600 firefighters assigned to fight it.

The man accused of starting the latest fire ravaging California is due in court today.

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The state's largest wildfire in history has drawn a contingent to battle what is actually two fires burning so closely together that they're being attacked as one. "I reported this over and over again". The 51-year-old Trabuco Canyon resident now faces the possibility of life in state prison.

Orange County sheriff's deputies received a call reporting "erratic behavior" by Clark on July 23 and placed him on a psychiatric hold, the Associated Press reported, citing Carrie Braun, a department spokeswoman.

Clark refused to go to court Thursday and his arraignment was postponed to Friday.

Before his arrest, Clark told a reporter he had been asleep at the time and had nothing to with the fire.

Some residents sprayed down their homes and were forced to evacuate overnight as the flames closed in, reports CBS News' Jonathan Vigliotti. "Weather conditions will continue to challenge firefighters as hot, dry and windy conditions persist", officials said in a statement.

"Smoke from the western fires is making it all the way to the East Coast and beyond", the National Weather Service said in a tweet.

Forrest Clark, 51, made several outbursts, claiming his life was being threatened. It has killed seven people, including two firefighters, and destroyed nearly 1,100 homes.

The blaze north of San Francisco has grown to the size of Los Angeles since it started two weeks ago, fueled by dry vegetation, high winds and rugged terrain that made it too unsafe for firefighters to directly attack the flames now spanning 470 square miles.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured images of smoke from these fires from space earlier this week, showing the smoke's eastward shift and massive reach.

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