SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — A man suspected of deliberately starting the massive King Fire burning east of Sacramento has prior felony convictions in Santa Cruz County, El Dorado County prosecutors said Thursday.
Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, of Pollock Pines was arrested Wednesday and charged with arson for allegedly setting the fire, which had grown to nearly 71,000 acres as of Thursday morning, according to Cal Fire.READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Girl Dead, Woman Wounded in Friday-Evening Shooting in San Francisco
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Two people have been injured and more than 2,000 residences and 1,500 other structures are threatened by the fast-moving wildfire, but none have yet been destroyed, Cal Fire officials said.READ MORE: Belmont Police Search for Missing Woman and Her 3-Year-Old Son
So far 3,000 people have been evacuated as 3,600 firefighters work to contain the fire. It was only 5 percent contained as of Thursday morning.
Huntsman “willfully and maliciously” set a forest area on fire near Pollock Pines on Saturday, according to charging documents filed Thursday in El Dorado County.
He has connections to Santa Cruz County, and was convicted of assault and grand theft there in 1997.MORE NEWS: Grass Fire That Burned 15 Acres on Altamont Pass Slows Traffic for Hours
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