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King Fire Continues To Grow, Evacuation Center Moved

Dave Giordano / YubaNet.com

Heading east on Hwy 50 near the Camino exit, on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.

Dave Giordano / YubaNet.com

 Update: 6:40 p.m. - Fire Grows To 8,600 Acres

The King Fire has grown to 8,600 acres, with containment at 5 percent, down from 10 percent earlier in the day. There are 1,477 personnel on the incident.

Fire officials say the evacuation center has been moved to the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 3520 Carson Road, Camino, CA 95709.



Original Post:

Schools are closed this morning and hundreds of people are under evacuation orders in the Pollock Pines area due to a wildfire. The 3,900 acre "King Fire" is burning about 60 miles east of Sacramento, in El Dorado County.

Updates: King Fire

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Five hundred homes are threatened, but none have been destroyed. CalFire says the fire started in a remote area on Saturday, but exploded on Sunday when it reached a canyon full of thick, dry brush. Eight hundred firefighters are working to put the flames out.

The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at a middle school in the area.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for those living north of Forebay Road between Moon Lane and Elf Court. 

The fire is 10 percent contained.

Another wildfire near Bass Lake in Central California has prompted the evacuation of about 1,000 people. Cal Fire says flames have damaged or destroyed 21 structures.

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