The King Fire has continued to grow in El Dorado County, and has now consumed over 95,000 acres or 150 square miles of forest, due east of Sacramento in the Sierra Foothills. The fire, which is the largest California wildfire so far in this crispy-dry season, had burned 126 square miles as of earlier this week, growing through this morning and burning 12 homes in the vicinity of Pollock Pines in El Dorado National Forest.
The fire has also burned 56 other structures and could still threaten 12,000 more homes, however it is now 43 percent contained and the cool air and moisture blowing east from the Bay Area Thursday should help. So far, the burn area has been very remote, and therefore the structure damage has been low.
As the Chron notes, the King Fire has scorched a "boot-shaped burn area" that also crosses into Tahoe National Forest.
And as earlier reported, 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman has already been charged with starting the blaze and he has plead not guilty to arson. Authorities have not yet said what evidence they have against Hunstman and he's being held on $10 million bail.