Offbeat Man accused of starting California wildfire promoted alt-right conspiracies

03:25  11 august  2018
03:25  11 august  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Man suspected of sparking huge California forest fire facing life in jail

  Man suspected of sparking huge California forest fire facing life in jail The man suspected of starting one of the massive wild fires raging in California was to appear in court on Friday and could face life in prison if eventually convicted of arson and other charges. Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, stands accused of starting the Holy fire, which in four days has burned more than 18,000 acres (7,300 hectares) of Cleveland National Forest 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of San Diego. The charge sheet states that Clark deliberately started the fire, which is still only five percent contained, with the intention of causing damage to others and burning a forest.

A man suspected of starting a wildfire that has scorched thousands of acres starting in the Cleveland National Forest has In past, Clark has promoted conspiracy theories about Milligan and said he could read minds, the Register reported. A Look at California ’s Largest Wildfires , by the Numbers.

Witnesses who were not identified reported seeing a man starting several fires in southwest Riverside County and the San Bernardino National Forest. California Wildfires : It’s a people problem. Alt - right demonstrators, counter-protesters clash in Berkeley.

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A man who was arrested this week in connection with starting one of the massive wildfires in California has a history of promoting alt-right conspiracy theories.

Forrest Gordon Clark, who local authorities have arrested and charged with two counts of felony arson and felony threatening to terrorize, spread a series of alt-right conspiracies on his personal Facebook page.

The posts, first uncovered by Forbes's JJ MacNab who covers anti-government extremism, include messaging about "QAnon," a wide-ranging and vague theory that includes conspiracies such as Democrats and prominent Hollywood figures orchestrating underground pedophile rings, It also claims that special counsel Robert Mueller's probe is a front for investigating 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Obama for their ties to such rings.

Wildfire forces Greek villages on island of Evia to evacuate

  Wildfire forces Greek villages on island of Evia to evacuate Greece's fire service says a wildfire raging on the island of Evia, in central Greece, has forced them to evacuate two villages and a monastery. No casualties have been reported so far. Traffic on the main road that runs across the length of the 180-kilometer (110-mile) island has been stopped near the fire, police say. They urge people wishing to drive to Athens from northern Evia to use ferries to the mainland, which will operate throughout the night. Normally, drivers would cross a bridge at the narrowest point separating Evia from the mainland, which is south of the fire's location.

During a court appearance Friday, the man accused of starting the wildfire raging across Southern California claimed he could “easily” come up with his million bond — and made several other strange outbursts. “I can handle a million right now easily,” the arson suspect said.

(Meredith/CNN) -- A man accused of starting a wildfire in the San Bernardino National Forest faces five counts of arson in the blaze, which destroyed homes and prompted the evacuation of the town of Idyllwild and several other communities, authorities said.

According to a ThinkProgress report, there has not been any evidence yet that Clark was among QAnon supporters who have increasingly been present at President Trump's rallies.

Clark was also found to be a fan of Alex Jones and his controversial conspiracy-pushing platform, InfoWars, which was banned by Apple and Facebook this week after it was found in violation of the sites' policies on hate speech.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Clark texted a firefighter in the area before the fire began, writing that "this place is going to burn just like we planned," though it is unclear who "we" encompasses. The firefighter told the Post that he had been reporting "problems" with Clark to the sheriff's office and U.S. Forest Service for more than three years, including the most recent text message he reportedly received from Clark.

Clark is being held on $1 million bond.

Official death toll from Greek fire raised to 87, 1 missing .
Greek authorities say the death toll from last week's devastating forest fire near Athens is currently at 87, while one person remains unaccounted for. The fire service said in a statement Thursday that coroners have so far identified 81 bodies recovered from the scene of the destruction in the coastal Mati region, or from the sea.Another two bodies that have been burnt beyond recognition have not been identified or sought by their families, while an additional four people succumbed to their injuries in the hospital.It was unclear whether other bodies remained unidentified.

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