The holy fire, as dubbed by locals, is aggressively spreading, and more than 21,000 people have been evacuated from the fire for their own safety as over 19000 acres of forest, north of San Diego has been destroyed by this force of nature.
What is both interesting and very worrying though, is that this wildfire, which is one of the largest in California’s history, was actually man made…
The man, a 51 year old called Forrest Clark is strongly suspected of starting the wildfire over a dispute with his neighbours, with Orange County officials saying that Forrest had emailed the local fire chief (who himself was a volunteer) threatening that “this place will burn”, Forrest Clark was arrested on Tuesday outside his cabin home and is now in court for the charges of arson and a bail of 1 Million USD.
The fire shows no signs of stopping, and could in fact only get worse with the reported weather, with the gusty winds, dry plants and high temperature being the perfect conditions for a fire to spread, and fast. The fire is actually so large scale, that neighbouring states are now having the quality of their air lowered by the constant smoke bellowing from these wildfires.
18 wildfires, 600 fire fighters and 290,692 acres of land that has been burned in the Mendocino Complex Fire, with firefighters struggling to keep control of the fire and the fire chiefs expecting these wildfires to rage and burn for the rest of the month.
The fire is such a large scale problem, that even a bolstered fire team consisting of US Army Personnel, fire crews from other countries and even low risk criminal offenders are all having to help, just to keep the fire in control.
This holy fire, the machination of one, very angry, vicious and spiteful man, has put an entire state on its heels, unified all types of communities, and set a whole state ablaze, all for what? A decade old dispute with his neighbours… About what? We do not know…