A little rain is no reason to let up. That’s the message from a top firefighter charged with snuffing out the King fire – the largest wildfire to hit the Sacramento six-county region.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee.

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.

A Southern California wildfire that prompted evacuations over the weekend in the Cleveland National Forest was started by the sun's rays reflecting off sheet metal that edged a homeowner's backyard garden, fire officials said Monday.

Firefighters report that they are making progress on a wildfire in a heavily forested area near the Nevada County community of Alta Sierra, which has forced the evacuation of dozens of homes.

Firefighters were working to stop the King fire near Pollock Pines and also protect homes as the wildland blaze grew nearly 1,000 acres overnight in El Dorado County.

There are sections of the American River Parkway that look like another planet.

Record temperatures and extremely dry conditions fueled the King fire in El Dorado County, which grew to 2,500 acres by Sunday evening and was rapidly spreading.

A family of four was displaced by a fire that destroyed an Elk Grove home early Friday morning.

Firefighters continued to make progress Sunday on a wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park, with most evacuation orders lifted Saturday night and the reopening of Highway 49.

The Sacramento Fire Department had an active Sunday battling three fires, the largest of which burned an acre and a half near the American River Parkway north of the Sacramento River.

Sacramento Fire Department crews have put out a grass fire.

Two more suspicious fires in East Sacramento were extinguished early Thursday morning.

A fire ripped through a Del Paso Heights apartment early Wednesday morning.

Fire crews battling a 9.5-acre blaze near Mount Aukum in El Dorado County said it was fully contained Monday, but temporarily caused minor evacuations of a few residents.

Three minor fires keep Sacramento fire crews busy on Labor Day

A fire that started at the Elder Creek Transfer Station in south Sacramento Sunday evening has been contained.

A portion of the Garden Highway in South Natomas has reopened after firefighters battled a blaze on the American River Parkway near Northgate Boulevard in Sacramento.

Two arson fires set close to each other are being investigated in Elk Grove.

Firefighters are battling a commercial structure fire in Arden Arcade.

Smoke apparently coming from a large alfalfa fire outside of Dixon could be smelled Thursday morning in Sacramento.

A dinner to benefit those who suffered loss during the Sand fire is scheduled for Aug. 22 at the El Dorado County fairgrounds in Placerville.

Amador winemakers wonder what effects the Sand fire will leave on the upcoming harvest.

Firefighters have contained a large grass fire near Winters in Yolo County, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

A two-alarm fire that broke out in Elk Grove this afternoon displaced a family of two adults and three children, according to Cosumnes Fire Department officials.

Firefighters continue to make progress on three north state wildland fires, allowing officials to lift all evacuations and major road closures.

A two-alarm grass fire at Laguna Star and Fieldale drives near Elk Grove’s Laguna Creek area has been contained after burning between 3 and 4 acres.

Business owners impacted by Northern California wildfires may request various forms of tax relief, the California State Board of Equalization announced Wednesday (Aug. 6).

A bear found burned on all four paws is recovering at a Lake Tahoe wildlife rehabilitation center where a cub six years ago suffering similar wounds was nursed back to health.

The Bald and Eiler fires, burning in Lassen and Shasta counties, were among 11 major wildfires burning in Northern California on Monday and were of particular concern for the threat they posed to homes in rural communities.

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