LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. – The Latest on forest fires of California (all times are local):
A Southern California forest fire has raged for several days south of Los Angeles is now 29 percent contained.
Officials said that the Sacred Fire in Cleveland National Forest had grown from Saturday morning to almost 33 square miles (85 sq. km).
Earlier this week, the fire had threatened homes in Lake Elsinore and nearby communities. Aircraft have been making flight after flight, the dumping of water and light pink retardant for the protection of the base communities as the fire sweeps through the dense, bone-dry brush.
The man is suspected of setting the blaze, the 51-year-old Forrest Clark, appeared in court Friday, but his arraignment was postponed.
Clark made several outbursts, claiming his life was under threat and said that the arson charge against him was a lie. He is being held on $ 1 million bail.
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Crews work furiously to keep, a Southern California wildfire from burning more homes south of Los Angeles while firefighters in the north have finally got the ground against the major brands.
The so-called Sacred Fire in the Cleveland National Forest was threatening thousands of homes in Lake Elsinore and nearby communities after a growth from Friday to nearly 30 square miles (77 square kilometers).
The fire grew a bit Friday after almost doubling in size overnight. But the firefighters also made progress, with containment doubling from 5 to 10 percent.
Gusty wind kept driving the flames, but were expected to ease off overnight before inflating again Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, north of San Francisco, the Mendocino Complex — the largest recorded fire in California history — is 60 percent contained.