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Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Starting Holy Fire In Cleveland National Forest (And His Name Is Forrest)

Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, was arrested on suspicion of starting the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest. (Courtesy Cleveland National Forest via Twitter)
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An Orange County man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest, which has burned more than 4,000 acres and destroyed at least 12 structures.

Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, was taken to the Orange County Jail and booked "on suspicion of two counts of felony arson, one count of felony threat to terrorize, and one count of misdemeanor resisting arrest," according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

Clark allegedly sent a threatening email (though it's not clear to whom), writing "this place will burn," according to the Orange County Register.

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The Register has photos of the suspect, who at one point took off all his clothes while yelling at deputies who were trying to question him.

Clark is being held on $1 million bail.

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