A man who sent an email alert “This place will burn” is in the repository of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in connection with the investigation of the Holy Fire.
Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, was arrested late Tuesday and is in storage at the Orange County Intake Release Center. He has an exhibition scheduled for Thursday.
Clark owns a cabin in the area destroyed by the flames. Of the 14 cabins in an area, Clarks is still the only one standing.
Deputies arrived at Cabin 14, where Clark has lived for more than a decade around 10:15 am. He was questioned again and arrested on Tuesday night.
The Holy Fire has burned more than 4000 hectares since Monday afternoon. More than 600 firefighters have been assigned to fight the fire. Two firefighters were treated for heat damage.
A spokesman for So Cal Team One, who handles the media coverage of the fire, said he was “unaware of an arrest.”
“The cause of the fire is still under investigation,” said Thanh Nguyen, by So Cal Team One.
Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Milligan said he received threatening e-mails from Clark last week.
“He’s having trouble,” Milligan said. “I hope they get him.”
Milligan said that Clark ran through the community and yelled last week and sent an e-mail that Sacred Jim, with roots for the rebuilding period, would burn.
Clark had a decade long feasted with his neighbor and other homeowners, Milligan said. Clark has sprayed conspiracy theories about Milligan-running drugs, claiming he could read mind and at once Tuesday removed his camouflage underwear.
Clark’s Facebook page, which says he attended the orangewood academy, is filled with religious images, boasting a neighbor, references to marijuana and pictures of Clarks face where he says he has skin cancer. Clark is pictured on his Facebook page with a worm.
It seems that Clark has a long history of personal battles, according to court records.
A man with the same name and date of birth was involuntarily arrested in 1996 at a mental illness treatment center. In 2012, Mary Masayo Clark was granted a temporary limitation order against her son, a man named Forrest Clark, whose birth date is the same as the man arrested in connection with the fire. Clark said he had demanded money from her several times.
“There is no peace in my home when he is here,” she wrote in court documents.
Staff author Sean Emery contributed to this story.