King fire burn increases 3,300 acres; containment up again

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

The 12-day-old blaze now has burned 92,960 acres and containment is estimated at 38 percent. Those numbers represent a growth of 3,386 acres overnight and an improvement on containment of three percent.

The nearly hold-steady status of the blaze must be seen as a victory since the mountainous region where the fire has burned has been under a Red Flag warning for high winds since 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters will continue to work hard Wednesday to hold the fire lines because gusty winds are expected to remain in the forecast. The National Weather Service is calling for a high temperature in the low 80s and blustery conditions at the higher elevations in the afternoon.

A more favorable forecast is on the way. The NWS expects a chance of rain overnight and on Thursday in the Sierra Nevada. Winds on Thursday are expected to be light and temperatures 10 degrees cooler.

In addition, it is likely that some lingering shower activity and cooler weather will continue over the mountains through at least Sunday.

Community meetings to update the public on the status of the King fire are planned for Wednesday. The meetings will be held at North Tahoe High School, 2945 Polaris Road, Tahoe City, and Foresthill High School, 23319 Foresthill Road, Foresthill.

Both meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m.

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