King Fire grows rapidly as Boles Fire eases

Sep 16, 2014 12:10 PM by News Staff

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) - While crews gained ground on a wildfire that damaged 100 homes in far Northern California, another blaze east of Sacramento is growing rapidly - threatening homes and forcing evacuations.

Hundreds of additional firefighters have been brought in to battle the fire near the community of Pollock Pines, about 60 miles east of Sacramento. It grew by thousands of acres overnight and has burned through a little more than 18 square miles. It's 5 percent contained.

More than 1,500 firefighters are working Tuesday, about double the number from the previous day.

The fire threatens more than 500 homes, about a quarter of which are under mandatory evacuation orders.

Meanwhile, firefighters are getting a handle on the wildfire that raced through the small town of Weed near the Oregon border, forcing at least 1,500 people to flee their homes.

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