• Brandon McGlover was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly starting numerous fires in the Idyllwild, Anza and Sage areas of southern California
  • One of the fires erupted Wednesday afternoon and quickly grew to seven-and-a-half square miles, fueled by dry brush and trees in rugged terrain 
  • It was burning in and around San Bernardino National Forest, prompting an estimated 6,000 people to evacuate from their homes
  • No injuries were reported but dozens of horses and other animals and several hundred people went to shelters
  • The fire is one of several across California amid a statewide heat wave 
Brandon McGlover (pictured), 32, was charged with 15 felony counts on Friday

Brandon McGlover (pictured), 32, was charged with 15 felony counts on Friday

A man has been accused of starting multiple fires that burned five homes on Friday and prompted thousands of evacuations from an entire Southern California mountain town.

Brandon McGlover was charged with 15 felony counts that carry a potential sentence of life in prison if convicted, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

McGlover was arrested on Wednesday and accused of starting at least nine fires in the Idyllwild, Anza and Sage areas of southern California, CBS News reported, located about 100 miles east of Los Angeles.