Crews keep King Fire in check despite winds

Sep 24, 2014 10:45 AM by News Staff

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Crews battling a massive blaze threatening thousands of homes in Northern California have kept the fire in check despite gusty winds and low humidity levels.

Fire spokeswoman Rosanne Grier says containment lines around the blaze east of Sacramento held up late Tuesday and overnight. In the few cases where embers crossed the line, crews were quickly able to surround the fires and contain them.

The fire has burned through 145 square miles since it started Sept. 13. It has destroyed 12 homes and is threatening another 12,000.

Containment is up to nearly 40 percent.

Crews are expecting another day of gusty winds and low humidity Wednesday before cooler, wetter weather comes through.


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