SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Crews battling a huge Northern California wildfire are bracing for hotter temperatures and erratic winds.
Fire spokesman Ryan Lubben says cooler, wet weather that helped firefighters over the weekend was expected to give way Monday to a weather pattern that could increase fire activity.READ MORE: Storm Fronts March Through Bay Area; Massive Tree Topples In San Francisco Neighborhood
The blaze east of Sacramento known as the King Fire has burned through 137 square miles as of Monday morning. That’s an increase of about 9 square miles from the day before. It was 18 percent contained.
The fire has destroyed 10 homes around the community of Pollock Pines since it began Sept. 13. It is threatening 12,000 others, and has forced about 2,700 people from their homes.READ MORE: Fremont Police Arrest Suspect in Shooting Outside Nightclub; Second Suspect Still Wanted
A man charged with starting the fire, 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman, pleaded not guilty to arson Friday.
Meanwhile in Madera County, crews have 100 percent of the Courtney Fire contained. Cal Fire said 56 structure were damaged or destroyed in that fire which consumed 320 acres.Outrage Grows Over Racist Comments Targeting KPIX 5 Reporter Betty Yu
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