King fire in El Dorado County is 10 percent contained

A convoy of heavy equipment – bulldozers and water tender trucks – streamed up Highway 50 today to bolster firefighters’ efforts to control the King fire near Pollock Pines in El Dorado County.

The size of the fire was holding steady at 3,900 acres Monday afternoon after expanding significantly overnight, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The blaze remains just 10 percent contained. It has not consumed any structures, though Calfire lists 500 homes as threatened.

Fire agency spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said crews were battling the blaze by air as it moved into the Upper American River Canyon and spread into Eldorado National Forest. She said firefighters had set up controlled burns around the fire’s perimeter to control its spread.

Mandatory and voluntary evacuations remain the same as they were on Sunday. A shelter location for area residents has been established at Sierra Ridge Middle School.

Pollock Pines Elementary School District has closed all its schools as a precaution. Fire crews are using Pinewood Elementary School as a staging area for equipment.

No cause for the fire has been released.

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