King Fire nearing 19,000 acres, evacuations still in effect
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 ... Continue Reading