A California wildfire, which has been dubbed “King Fire,” is still growing after it scorched more than 80,000 acres and destroyed at least 32 structures, the Weather Channel reported Sunday. The fire, which is blazing in the Eldorado National Forest about 60 miles from Sacramento, forced nearly 3,000 people out of their homes.
It would seem the massive thunderstorm that’s approaching the area would help squelch the flames, but it could worsen King Fire depending on whether the storm brings moisture or wind, the Weather Channel reported. High temperatures, low humidity and dry trees -- the result of serious drought condition -- have intensified the blaze, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Since the fire started a week ago on Sept. 13, more than 80,000 acres have been charred, 12,000 homes are threatened and it’s 10 percent contained.
Nearly 5,100 firefighters were battling the fire, Cal Fire spokesman Scott McLean told the LA Times. Four firefighters have been injured since King Fire began.
The man accused of starting the blaze is being held on $10 million bail, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Wayne Huntsman, 37, is suspected of intentionally starting the fire. Huntsman, 37, pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony arson at Placerville Superior County Friday.
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