Wildfire menaces thousands in S California city Aug 11, 2018 0 562 12345 ReutersLOS ANGELESHundreds of firefighters were building barriers and constructing containment lines early on Friday to slow an approaching wildfire threatening to torch thousands of homes in a lakeside community southeast of Los Angeles.More than 21,000 people have been evacuated in and around Lake Elsinore, where furious flames and billowing smoke rose into the sky at the edge of the city of 60,000 as the blaze, dubbed the Holy Fire, burned nearby in the Santa Ana Mountains.The fire has been fueled by dry brush covering steep terrain and stoked by wind gusts during the night, a spokesman for the incident said. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the relatively small blaze, which has consumed more than 18,000 acres (7,200 hectares) since it began on Tuesday, fire officials said. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the area on Thursday, freeing up additional resources to battle the blaze. Forrest Clark, 51, was charged with setting the fire, the Orange County District Attorney Office said. The Holy Fire was one of several fires burning in California that have displaced tens of thousands of people. Smoke from the western wildfires has reached the East Coast and beyond, the National Weather Service has said.About 5.4 million acres (2.2 million hectares) have been charred in more than a dozen states during this year's extremely active wildfire season, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.Wildfires across California and the region could be further stoked by strong gusts, low humidity and hot weather on Friday and Saturday, forecasters warned.In Northern California, a mechanic helping to fight the Carr Fire, burning around Redding, was killed in a traffic collision on Thursday. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES NASA begins countdown to launch of first spacecraft to 'touch Sun' Aug 11, 2018 0 200 Two police among four fatally shot in Canada gun violence Aug 11, 2018 0 219 UN General Assembly approves former Chile president as rights chief Aug 11, 2018 0 246 Americans view Russia as bigger threat than Iran: Poll Reuters washington Americans view Russia as a greater threat than Iran, Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls showed, as the Trump administration this week reintroduced sanctions on Tehran and slapped new ones on Moscow. While .. Peru's new president spurns opposition proposals on referendum PUCALLPA: Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra has rejected calls to include measures proposed by opposition lawmakers in a national anti-corruption referendum that would bar them from serving consecutive terms in .. Half million Venezuelans fleeing crisis enter Ecuador Geneva: More than half a million Venezuelans have crossed into Ecuador this year, the UN said Friday, after Quito declared a state of migration emergency triggered by the crisis engulfing Venezuela. Colombia and .. Judge holds Trump adviser Stone's ex-aide in contempt WASHINGTON: An associate of longtime Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone refused to appear before a grand jury on Friday following a subpoena from US Special Counsel Robert Mueller and was found in contempt, the Washington .. Anniversary of Charlottesville rally puts city, DC on edge Reuters Charlottesville Joan Fenton knows she will not make much money at her Charlottesville gift shop this weekend, when the downtown district will be virtually locked down for the anniversary of last year's ..