Fight against King Fire is 2nd most costly

Sep 24, 2014 7:07 PM by News Staff

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A massive blaze in California that threatens thousands of homes has become the second-most expensive blaze to fight in the state this year.

State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Wednesday the King Fire east of Sacramento has cost more than $53 million since it began nearly two weeks ago.

Berlant said that figure ranks behind the $86 million that has been spent to tame a still-burning fire in the Klamath National Forest along the California-Oregon border.

However, those figures are nowhere near the more than $127 million spent to stop the Rim Fire last year in Yosemite National Park.

More than 7,600 firefighters are currently battling the King Fire that has stretched into Nevada and destroyed 12 homes and threatens another 12,000.

The fire is nearly 40 percent contained.

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