Arson Suspect in Custody as Clayton Fire Is 20 Percent Contained

PHOTO: Multi-agency fire crews battle the Clayton Fire as structures catch on fire in Lower Creek, California, on Aug. 14, 2016. PlayTNS via Getty Images
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The man suspected of starting numerous California wildfires in the past year — including one this weekend that has burned more than 4,000 acres and destroyed more than 175 structures — is now in custody.

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Officers took Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, into custody Monday and charged him with 17 counts of arson in Northern California.

PHOTO: Officers took Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, into custody and charged him with 17 counts of arson in Northern California on August 15, 2016. Lake County Sheriff
Officers took Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, into custody and charged him with 17 counts of arson in Northern California on August 15, 2016.

"Mr. Pashilk committed a horrific crime, and we will seek prosecution to the fullest extent of the law," said Chief Ken Pimlott of Cal Fire. "The residents of Lake County have experienced senseless loss and endured significant hardship over the past year."

The Clayton fire in Lake County, which police suspect that Pashilk started, began Saturday and has so far burned more than 4,000 acres.

PHOTO: Cars destroyed in the Clayton Fire are seen in Lower Lake, California, Aug. 15th, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Cars destroyed in the Clayton Fire are seen in Lower Lake, California, Aug. 15th, 2016.

Thousands of people have been evacuated since the fire began, according to The Associated Press.

It has destroyed more than 175 structures and is threatening an additional 1,500.

PHOTO: A firefighter works to contain embers on the remains of a house destroyed in the Clayton Fire are seen in Lower Lake, California, Aug. 15th, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
A firefighter works to contain embers on the remains of a house destroyed in the Clayton Fire are seen in Lower Lake, California, Aug. 15th, 2016.
PHOTO: A motorcycle burns near a structure during the Clayton Fire in Lower Lake, California, on Aug. 14, 2016. TNS via Getty Images
A motorcycle burns near a structure during the Clayton Fire in Lower Lake, California, on Aug. 14, 2016.

Firefighters "made considerable progress" fighting the blaze Monday night, and this morning the blaze is 20 percent contained, officials said.

Pashilk is expected to appear in court Wednesday.