>> Hundreds of firefighters on Friday building barriers and containments lines to fight a raging wildfire threatening thousands of homes south of Los Angeles.>> We've had some small, little fires but nothing like this. This is devastating, this is heartbreaking.>> More than 21,000 people around Lake Elsinore forced out of their homes.
>> Yeah, we cleared everybody out as much as possible. We got everything we could down up off the top of the hill.>> As the blaze dubbed the Holy Fire continues to explode in size, a fire officials say was deliberately set. Authorities on Tuesday arrested 51-year-old Forrest Clark on suspicion of arson, among other charges in connection to the fire.
Now 2,000 homes lie in the Holy Fire's path.>> I'm outraged, I'm disgusted one man caused this devastation for no apparent reason.>> California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the area on Thursday. Elsewhere in the state, 17 other fires rage on, displacing tens of thousands of people and with no signs of slowing down.
As strong gusts, low humidity, and hot weather are expected to last into the weekend.