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article imageKing wildfire containment may be hampered by high winds

By Karen Graham     Sep 23, 2014 in Environment
CalFire and USFS crews have made good progress on containing the King wildfire in Northern California last night, even though the fire grew 2,000 acres, from 87,5 92 acres to 89,574 acres. Containment has now reached 37 percent as of Tuesday.
Firefighters from Alaska and as far away as Florida swelled the ranks of those fighting the blaze to over 8,000. The fire, burning about 60 miles east of Sacramento is now 37 percent contained, up from 18 percent on Monday. The fire has burned through over 140 square miles.
Crews are working to increase their containment lines, bracing for what is called a "red flag" afternoon today and tomorrow. Winds are expected to gust up to 35 mph. The gusting winds, coupled with low humidity, could stoke the flames, sending burning embers ahead of the fire lines.
In preparation for the red flag warning, firefighters have been digging fire lines as well as using additional water and fire-retardant on the blaze. The tall, swaying pines in the line of the fire are being watched closely as firefighters prepare to do battle this evening with the difficult conditions.
The weather is going to play a big role in what happens with this blaze over the next two days. “We are expecting winds to increase ahead of a low pressure system that is headed toward the west coast,” said NWS forecaster Stefanie Henry on Tuesday. “Winds will mainly be southwest over the mountains.”
Wayne Huntsman is shown with his lawyer before being arraigned in Superior Court on Friday. Huntsman...
Wayne Huntsman is shown with his lawyer before being arraigned in Superior Court on Friday. Huntsman was arrested and is charged with allegedly setting the King wildfire in California.
The man suspected of setting the King wildfire, Wayne Allen Huntsman, was arraigned in El Dorado Superior Court on Friday. Judge Gary Hahn set October 28 as the next hearing for Huntsman, a 37-year old small-time criminal offender from the Santa Cruz area of the state, who moved to El Dorado County about two years ago. He reportedly set the fire, then kicked in the door to an empty home and called 911 to report the blaze. Huntsman is being held on $10 million bail.
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