King Fire containment doubles; wind expected

Sep 23, 2014 10:26 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Crews have nearly doubled containment of a wildfire threatening thousands of homes in Northern California, as they brace for dry heat and erratic winds that could undo their progress.

The fire east of Sacramento was 35 percent contained Tuesday, up from 18 percent a day earlier. The fire has burned through nearly 140 square miles, but it showed little growth overnight.

Fire spokesman Ryan Lubben says crews are focusing on expanding containment lines ahead of a red flag warning in the afternoon, when wind gusts of up to 35 mph are expected. That coupled with low humidity could stoke the flames and send embers flying ahead of the blaze.

The fire is threatening 12,000 homes and has forced about 2,800 people to evacuate.


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