Rain helps efforts to control King Fire

Sep 25, 2014 11:59 AM by News Staff

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Wet weather is helping California firefighters gain control of a massive wildfire threatening thousands of homes in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

CalFire officials said Thursday the so-called King Fire east of Sacramento grew slightly overnight to nearly 150 square miles. But containment also increased, and now tops 40 percent.

CalFire spokesman Jerry Rohnert says the rain is increasing humidity, bringing down flames and giving firefighters more opportunity to build containment lines.

Rohnert says the wet weather is expected to continue through Saturday. That should help contain the fire, which has become the second priciest in California this year.

The blaze has destroyed 12 homes and threatens another 12,000 near Pollock Pines in El Dorado County.

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