Cooler, wet weather helped firefighters make progress on a huge Northern California wildfire that destroyed nearly three-dozen structures, forced the evacuation of more than 2,000 people and forced the cancellation of a sporting event because of the smoke.
A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren’t stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts — more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone.
Higher humidity Friday helped slow the growth of a massive wildfire in El Dorado County that authorities say was set deliberately and has forced some 2,800 people to evacuate.
A man with a long criminal history is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on charges that he set a huge wildfire still burning in El Dorado County.
The King fire has burned 70,944 acres, a growth of 43,000 acres overnight as flames made a run to the northwest forcing mandatory evacuations for residents in Quintette and Volcanoville.
In the fire east of Sacramento, a total of 2,500 firefighters were now taking on the blaze that was threatening 2,003 homes and another 1,505 smaller structures, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
Just days after a wildfire tore through the small Northern California town of Weed and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences.
Officials said the fast-moving fire caught residents in the small town of Weed near the Oregon border off guard and damaged or destroyed 100 homes and a church in this tiny town.
Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes.
A grass fire burning near Lake Chabot is causing street closures on the outskirts of San Leandro Monday afternoon, police and fire officials said.