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King Fire grows another 1,000 acres; containment at 10 percent


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The King Fire grew another 1,000 acres by Saturday night to 81,944 acres, Cal Fire reported.

The wildfire, burning in El Dorado and Placer counties, is 10 percent contained.

The fire ignited last week near Pollock Pines, about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, of Pollock Pines, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of arson in connection with the blaze, Cal Fire officials said. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday. Huntsman is being held in El Dorado County Jail on $10 million bail, according to the jail's website.

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King Fire grows to 80,944 acres


The King Fire burning in El Dorado and Placer counties grew 4,568 acres to 80,944 total acres overnight Friday, according to Cal Fire.

The fire was 10 percent contained as of Friday. No update was provided on containment Saturday morning.

The fire began Saturday near Pollock Pines, about 60 miles northeast of Sacramento. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, of Pollock Pines, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of arson in connection with the blaze, Cal Fire officials said. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday. Huntsman is being held in El Dorado County Jail on $10 million bail, according to the jail's website.

Total personnel battling the massive fire includes 4,936 individuals comprised of 136 hand crews, 377 engines, 74 bulldozers, 78 water tenders and 17 helicopters.

King Fire arson suspect enters not guilty plea


A Pollock Pines man accused of intentionally setting the King Fire nearly a week ago was formally charged in a Placerville courtroom Friday.

Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, is facing one count of maliciously and willfullysetting a fire near Pollock Pines on Sept. 13, 2014.

He is also charged with special allegations of arson with aggravating factors (causing great bodily injury to a firefighter, peace officer or other emergency personnel as a result of the offense) and prior felony convictions.

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson said the charges could change contingent with what happens with the fire.

Huntsman's "not guilty" plea was entered by the El Dorado Superior Court judge presiding over the arraignment.

The King Fire, as of Friday morning, Sept. 19, had blackened more than 76,000 acres in El Dorado and Placer counties. It is 10 percent contained.

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King Fire containment holds as of Friday night


U.S. Forest Service's latest update on the King Fire shows firefighters continue to hold containment on the wildfire Friday night.

As of 9:25 p.m. Friday, the King Fire has burned 76,376 acres, the same size that was reported earlier in the day, with containment at 10 percent. U.S. Forest Service at the Eldorado National Forest said there was a moderate spread of the fire, but infrared data was not available Friday night to provide a new acreage number. An update on the size of the fire is expected Saturday morning.

Cal Fire reports 4,936 fire personnel are battling the blaze, including 377 engines, 143 crews, 15 helicopters, 74 dozers and 78 water tenders.

King Fire grows to 76,376 acres, destroys multiple homes


Structures were damaged or destroyed by the King Fire in the White Meadows area, Cal Fire spokesperson Larry Pendarvis said Friday.

It's unknown how many homes or buildings have been destroyed because damage assessment crews have not been able to get in due to the ongoing risks in the area.

There are still a number of active fires and smoldering hot spots. Fire crews were seen Friday strengthening control lines.

Downed power lines are also concern, even though PG&E has shut off all the power in the area.

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