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Update: King fire containment reaches 92% as humidity aids firefighting efforts

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.

Containment – just 18 percent a week ago – reached 92 percent Monday evening, according to the U.S. Forest Service and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

“The rain really did help,” said USFS spokesman Michael Williams. “It seemed that it rained off and on for the past several days.”

The fire broke out Sept. 13 near Pollock Pines in El Dorado County and spread into neighboring Placer County. It wiped out 12 homes and burned 68 other structures.

Fire personnel, who came from out of state and from communities throughout California, are being allowed to return home. From a high of just over 8,000, 3,401 firefighters and support personnel remained Monday evening.

The blaze, which has cost an estimated $91 million to fight, was started by an arsonist, according to Cal Fire.

Tahoe National Forest Supervisor Tom Quinn has issued a closure order for several roads and trails within and adjacent to the King fire. Until the fire is declared out, closures in the Tahoe and Eldorado national forests will remain in effect to allow for fire suppression, as well as for public safety and resource protection.

Closures include parts of the historic Western States and Tevis Cup trails, from Deadwood Ridge Road eastward to the northeast side of Mosquito Ridge Road, near its terminus with Foresthill and Soda Springs roads, north of French Meadows. Also closed is Mosquito Ridge Road, from its intersection with Gorman Ranch Road, eastward to its terminus with Foresthill and Soda Springs roads.

The roads and trails are being patrolled, and anyone without written authorization to use them will be cited.

A map and detailed description of the closed routes and restricted activities is available at Tahoe National Forest offices and at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tahoe/alerts-notices.

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