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King Fire Now Fully Contained

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Firefighter Cameron Andersen, of the US Forest Service, pours water on burning embers while clearing hot spots of the King fire in the El Dorado National Forest near Georgetown, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

(AP) -- The massive King Fire is now fully contained nearly a month after it broke out, but not before it burned more than 150 square miles, destroyed a dozen houses and drove thousands from their homes.

The 97,000- acre blaze was among the biggest in the state this year and caused smoke problems for cities in both California and Nevada.

It showed explosive growth in the state's drought conditions weeks after starting in mid-September. Nearly 3,000 people had to evacuate their homes, 12 of which were lost.

A man charged with starting the fire, 37-year-old Wayne Allen Huntsman, has pleaded not guilty to arson.