LAKE ELSINORE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 9, 2018) (NBC) – California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency on Thursday (August 9) for the area engulfed by the so-called Holy Fire, which has rapidly spread across 10,236 acres (4,142 hectares), according to local media.
Since it sparked on Monday (August 6), the blaze in Cleveland National Forest has threatened thousands of homes and prompted evacuations.
Residents in both Riverside and Orange counties in the southern part of the state were affected.
Police believe the fire was started intentionally.
Forrest Clark, 51, was arrested on Tuesday (August 7) and was being held in jail on $1 million bail, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.