King Fire shows explosive growth

Sep 18, 2014 11:12 AM by News Staff

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) - An out-of-control wildfire that is threatening more than 2,000 homes in Northern California is showing explosive growth, consuming tens of thousands of additional acres.

State fire officials say the fire east of Sacramento had burned through 111 square miles as of Thursday morning, up from 44 square miles the day before when it forced additional evacuations. It is only 5 percent contained.

The fire is burning north of Pollock Pines, which is about 60 miles outside Sacramento. Many of the threatened homes are under mandatory evacuation orders.

Fire crews might get some help from the weather on Thursday, with the forecast calling for higher humidity and the possibility of rain.

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