Another blaze - the Carr fire, further north - has killed at least seven people and destroyed more than 1,500 structures. The fire destroyed more than 100 homes and has blackened an area about the size of the city of Los Angeles.
He said a line of fire retardant dropped on the hill above his house has so far checked the fire's advance, along with helicopter water drops.
The El Portal Road to Yosemite Valley is closed as a wildfire burns in Yosemite National Park in this National Park Service photo released on social media from California, U.S., August 6, 2018. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted. It's burning along with the largest fire in California state history, the Mendocino Complex Fire which is over 302,086 acres.
Many schools have been forced to close, and more evacuation orders were being issued.
For two weeks a tiresome haze and the faint smell of smoke from more than a dozen distant blazes have blanketed many California cities, forcing summer campers to stay inside, obscuring normally bright skylines and leaving cars covered with ash.
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But Cal Fire said the flames are out of control to the north, roaring into remote and unpopulated areas of thick forests and deep ravines as firefighters contend with record-setting temperatures.
Clark spoke to a videographer from OnScene outside his Holy Jim Canyon prior to his arrest, insisting he had nothing to do with the fire.
"Steep terrain, dry fuels, and inaccessible areas continue to be a factor in fire spread".
A fire official has said Clark sent threatening emails, including one that said, "this place will burn".
Forrest Clark, 51, made several outbursts, claiming his life was being threatened.
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Onlookers are silhouetted against the reflection of a wildfire burning in the Cleveland National Forest in Lake Elsinore late Wednesday.
Fire crews are working in 38C heat and three firefighters have been injured in the 16-square-mile blaze.
The Carr Fire is 48 percent contained but has burned through 177,450 since it ignited July 23. Air quality has been another problem.
The Mendocino Complex Fire is actually made up of two smaller blazes, the Ranch Fire and the River Fire.
The haze stretches to the Sierra Nevada mountain range and almost every major population center in between has suffered air quality considered risky for children, the elderly and people with asthma. The size of the fires brings new horror as the state still reels from enormous blazes a year ago and has yet to hit its most risky months historically.
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