A press conference is planned for Thursday morning to announce the cause of the King fire near Pollock Pines that has now burned 70,944 acres, a growth of 43,000 acres overnight.

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.

Authorities say alleged marijuana farmer Freddie Alexander Smoke III was indifferent to the danger of fire. They say Smoke, a 37-year-old Sacramento man, failed to consider that his rental truck and its hot exhaust pipe might ignite the dry grass July 11 as he was hauling soil amendments to a pot garden in Shasta County.

A grass fire swept through more than 30 acres on the American River Parkway near Cal Expo on Saturday afternoon before being contained by firefighters.

Two fires sparked by lightning earlier in the week mushroomed in size Friday, forcing around 60 rural residents to evacuate their homes in the Modoc County community of Day.

Full containment is expected on Saturday

El Dorado County has launched a website and hotline assist in the Sand fire recovery efforts.

Residents of the rural community of Day were moving out Thursday afternoon as flames from a 2,500-acre fire prompted the Modoc County Sheriff’s Office to issue a mandatory evacuation notice.

A fire along the El Dorado Trail has prompted police to increase patrols and crack down on illegal camps along the bike path.

An apartment fire in Parkway neighborhood of Sacramento sent two people to the UC Davis Medical Center with smoke inhalation Wednesday morning.

The Sand fire in El Dorado and Amador counties was reported 95 percent contained Wednesday, and fire crews were dispatched to a small fire burning in remote Placer County timber just north of Foresthill.

As firefighters wrap up the Amador County’s 4,000-plus acre Sand fire, all evacuations have been lifted in the area.

Residents who suffered property damage in the Sand fire are eligible for immediate property tax relief, according to the El Dorado County Assessor’s Office.

Two workshop buildings were damaged and several homes were threatened by a grass fire Tuesday afternoon on a large parcel in south Sacramento, near Cosumnes River College.

Mark Ransdell and seven fellow firefighters died without federal benefits 11 years ago on their way home from battling an Idaho blaze.

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