Forrest Gordon Clark sat in a jail cell Thursday morning, and refused to leave.
He was scheduled to appear at an arraignment, during which he would hear criminal charges against him – six felony counts, including arson and making criminal threats in connection with the Holy fire that has raged through Orange and Riverside counties this week.
But Clark, 51, refused to budge. Instead, an Orange County Superior Court commissioner postponed his appearance until Friday.
Clark, who owns a cabin in the Holy Jim community of the Cleveland National Forest, is suspected of starting the blaze Monday that by Thursday had scorched nearly 10,000 acres; it also burned down at least 14 cabins in Holy Jim, a community whose founders fought in the Civil War .
If convicted of all six charges, he could face a life sentence.