Crews gain upper hand on King Fire

Sep 26, 2014 10:42 AM by News Staff

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Rainy weather is helping firefighters make significant progress in corralling one of Northern California's largest wildfires this year.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the King Fire in the Sierra Nevada foothills was 68 percent contained Friday morning. It has burned more than 150 square miles near the town of Pollock Pines, east of Sacramento, in El Dorado County.

More than 8,000 firefighters are battling the blaze, which destroyed a dozen homes and had threatened as many as 12,000 other buildings. About 290 structures are still at risk.

Calls for evacuations in two communities have been reduced from mandatory to voluntary.

Wayne Allen Huntsman has been charged with starting the fire nearly two weeks ago. He's pleaded not guilty to arson and remains in jail on $10 million bail.

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