The U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday that some recreation areas in the Sierra closed by the King fire have re-opened.

Fire restrictions in the Tahoe National Forest were lifted Tuesday.

Fire officials say a fire started in a burn barrel spread to an Arden Arcade home, causing significant damage Tuesday morning.

Firefighters may have finally gotten the upper hand on the massive King fire, but its legacy continues as the state wrestles with how to pay millions in firefighting costs incurred in what is being called one of the worst fire years in recent history.

A rainy weekend helped tame the King fire, which remained steady Monday at 97,099 acres burned since it broke out more than two weeks ago.

With the 20-acre Cascade fire near Emerald Bay at 90 percent containment, the last closures near it have been lifted.

Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn has issued a closure order for several roads and trails within and adjacent to the King fire.

The King fire has reached 87 percent containment and is moving into a mop-up phase, thanks in part to recent rains. Thousands of firefighters have been sent home after two weeks of work, though about 4,800 remain on the job.

Firefighters benefited from foothills rain Saturday as they continued to make progress against the King fire in El Dorado and Placer counties.

Officials say another night of wet weather helped crews gain further advantage on a massive wildfire in Northern California.

Containment on the soggy King fire stood at 74 percent as of Friday evening, with the wildfire seeming to be on its way to finally being tamed.

The Cascade fire near Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe’s southwest shore was reduced by a third Thursday night to 20 acres and most trailheads in the area have been reopened.

Up to an inch of rain in the Sierra Nevada on Thursday helped damp down flames of the King Fire, which authorities say is now more than half contained.

Fourteen days after it was set by an arsonist, the now-soggy King fire was 68 percent contained on Friday. The three-quarters of an inch of rain the fell on the blaze Thursday helped to increase containment and slow the pace of the fire.

Rain clouds that blew in Thursday from the Pacific Ocean helped firefighters make substantial progress on the King fire, with the huge blaze declared more than half contained for the first time since it started nearly two weeks ago.

Firefighting crews have had no trouble finding enough water to battle the King Fire, despite the drought. But they have had to get creative at times because of very low water levels in many mountain creeks.

A wildfire above Cascade Lake, at the southwest end of Lake Tahoe, was reported late Wednesday.

In advance of an expected shift in weather that could help firefighters get the upper hand on the massive King fire, an inmate firefighter suffered a serious injury Wednesday when a tree limb struck him.

A welcome rain was falling in the mountains Thursday where the King fire grew over 2,000 acres overnight and containment of the wildland blaze increased from 38 to 43 percent.

The King fire has raged for nearly two weeks, consumed more than 95,000 acres of timber across two counties and a national forest, chased more than 2,800 people from their homes and threatened the lives and livelihoods of thousands of others.

The King fire continues to show slight growth, but containment of the massive wildland blaze is also increasing.

Cash donations and other types of support have poured in over the past week to help victims of the King fire in El Dorado County, and John L. Sullivan Chevrolet in Roseville pitched in to quench the thirst of firefighters.

Officials at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District say their facilities in the Sierra Nevada have come through the King fire largely unscathed, and the utility again is generating electricity.

Crews have made good progress on the King fire overnight even though the wild land blaze continues to spread.

Every day for the last week, Fred and Diana Adams have made their way to an Apple Hill winery to peer across a vast, forested canyon and see if their house has been consumed by the King fire.

Smoke from the King Fire has reached “hazardous” levels in many areas of the Sierra Nevada flanking Lake Tahoe and is likely to remain so through the weekend. Officials are warning all residents and visitors to avoid prolonged outdoor activities.

Property damaged in the King fire is eligible to immediate property tax relief the El Dorado County assessors office announced Monday.

The King fire grew 5,000 acres overnight.

Firefighters battling the massive King fire showed signs of progress Sunday night, while smoke forced the cancellation of a popular Lake Tahoe sporting event and worsened air quality over a large swath of foothills.

The Ironman triathlon set to start Sunday morning in Lake Tahoe was canceled due to concerns about air quality generated by the nearby King fire, event organizers announced.

Business was slow at Apple Hill’s famed orchards Saturday, as smoke from the King fire in El Dorado County discouraged people from visiting, owners said.

For a week now, firefighters have been trudging up and down the steep ravines of Eldorado National Forest carrying shovels, hoses and protective gear while they try to do the near-impossible: save every single building threatened by the King fire.

The King fire in El Dorado County has grown 3,000 acres overnight, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Two separate house fires in Sacramento County on Saturday evening caused damage but no injuries, according to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.

Thunderstorms developing Saturday in the Sierra Nevada could aid firefighters battling the King fire, which had grown to nearly 82,000 acres by 7 p.m., but fire planners are keeping close watch on the suddenly shifting winds that accompany such weather.

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation has established the King Fire Fund to support the approximately 3,000 residents affected by the King fire in El Dorado and Placer counties.

In the wake of Northern California wildfires that forced thousands of evacuations and left hundreds of residents homeless, detectives and investigators from the Department of Insurance and Contractors State License Board have spent the week in burn areas warning residents to beware of individuals and businesses that seek to take advantage of disaster victims.

As fire officials began to confirm the first loss of homes and structures Friday in the King fire, the man accused of setting the massive blaze appeared in court for the first time and entered a not-guilty plea.

The King Fire has damaged a number of power generation systems connected to Sierra reservoirs, but utility officials still don't know how bad it is. Treasured public recreation areas at Stumpy Meadows Reservoir and the Rubicon River canyon also may have been affected.

Because of the uncertain path of the King fire, the U.S. Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit has closed the McKinney Rubicon Trail and is advising against travel into the Desolation and Granite Chief wildernesses.

Follow our live blog to see how the fight is going to contain and control the King fire ravaging the Sierra Nevada.

Weary firefighters and relieved El Dorado County residents expressed elation Thursday at word that an arson suspect had been arrested and charged with starting the massive King fire, which has charred roughly 76,000 acres of forest in El Dorado and Placer counties since Saturday and threatens 12,000 homes.

A ravenous wildfire in El Dorado County devoured swaths of forested terrain for a fifth day Wednesday, leaving nearly 2,200 residents displaced as fire crews battled to protect homes, lives and a major thoroughfare.

More aircraft can be seen flying over the Sacramento area this week as firefighting air tankers shuttle between their base at McClellan Airfield and the King fire in El Dorado County.

“We are faced with a large and dangerous fire and the fire has grown significantly,” said Laurence Crabtree, a U.S. Forest Service supervisor for the Eldorado National Forest.

Late Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol reported the closure of Highway 50 in both directions between Sly Park Road and Riverton due to the fire, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuations for neighborhoods in the eastern portion of Pollock Pines.

When the blaze broke out in a Siskiyou County pasture Monday afternoon, the thing that struck residents was the speed at which it blew into an inferno that swept over 100 homes and other structures.

The California Highway Patrol reports the closure of Highway 50 in both directions between Sly Park Road and Fresh Pond in El Dorado County due to the King fire, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuations for neighborhoods in the eastern portion of Pollock Pines.

The King fire is burning near the south fork of the American River.

The weekend fire east of Pollock Pines at first didn’t seem to be much more than a curiosity. Many residents thought fire crews would quickly handle it.

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