Holy Fire is one of almost 20 blazes across California

Holy Fire is one of almost 20 blazes across California

Holy Fire is one of almost 20 blazes across California

Two firefighters have been injured.

Despite mandatory evacuation orders, Castro stayed behind to protect his Lake Elsinore home from looters, he said.

Many schools have been forced to close, and more evacuation orders were being issued.

He is accused of deliberately starting the latest fast-moving Holy Fire and faces life in prison if convicted of arson and other charges.

He had refused to leave his jail cell on Thursday.

According to CAL FIRE, 1,077 residences and 22 commercial structures have been destroyed in the fire. A court commissioner ordered his bail to remain at $1 million.

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

A family sits along the shore of Lake Elsinore as they watch the Holy Fire burn in the distance on Thursday night, August 9, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Although it's not the largest fire burning in the state, there are growing concerns about how it could affect residential communities - including Lake Elsinore.

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

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Here, you can see the vast swaths of burned vegetation underneath plumes of smoke from the Mendocino Complex Fire.

In their Saturday morning update, California National Forest stated that Holy Fire had grown to a staggering 21,473 acres and was 29 percent contained.

Susan Schroeder, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney's office, said her office would "bring him to justice for these bad crimes".

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. He is facing two felony counts of arson, one to terrorize and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

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

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Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer didn't mince words at a news conference Wednesday.

Environmentalists "make outdated and unscientific arguments, void of facts", Zinke wrote, "because they can not defend the merits of their policy preferences year after year as our forests and homes burn to the ground".

Spectacular footage captured at the scene of a California wildfire has laid bare the scale of the Holy fire disaster as well as the size of the operation being mounted to combat it.

- California fire officials say the largest blaze ever recorded in the state is now more than half contained.

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