Highway 50 open, schools to reopen with fire at 18,544 acres
A NEW PLUME from the King Fire rises on a ridge northeast of Fresh Pond Wednesday Sept. 17. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
The acreage burned by the King Fire climbed to 18,544 acres as of Wednesday morning. It remains at 5 percent containment. Two injuries have been reported, and 2,448 structures (1,632 residences) have been threatened, according to an Inciweb update.
The California Highway Patrol Facebook page stated the fire "burns up to north side of U.S. 50 east of Sly Park," but it did not cross the highway Tuesday night as was reported earlier.
Highway 50 was closed from Sly Park to Fresh Pond as of Tuesday night, but was reopened Wednesday afternoon, with the westbound slow lane still closed for firefighting equipment.
Added to the mandatory evacuations, according to Cal Fire were Crystal Basin and Wentworth Springs Road just above Quintette ... Continue Reading