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  • Storify: The King Fire On Social Media

    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    The King Fire continues to burn in El Dorado and Placer counties, growing to more than 73,000 acres by late Thursday. We take a look at the fire through the lens of social media. UPDATED 11 p.m. Thursday with new photos and videos.

  • Tough Choices For Those Threatened By King Fire

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    At last count, the King Fire had burned nearly 19,000 acres north of Pollock Pines. But, all day, huge plumes of smoke have risen into the air as the fire consumes more brush and forest land. Thousands have been forced from their homes.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    King Fire Update: Latest Evacuation Orders, Road Closures

    Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    UPDATE: 6:42 P.M. - The King Fire has grown throughout the day, and stands at 27,930 acres as of early Wednesday evening. - This article has the latest updates, a list of evacuation orders, as well as links to resources.

  • Photo courtesy Kathryn Smith / YubaNet.com

    Crews Make Progress On Dog Bar Fire; Evacuations Lifted

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Crews made good progress battling the Dog Bar Fire in Nevada County overnight. Officials say all evacuations have been lifted, as the threat to homes and structures has lessened considerably. UPDATED: Dog Bar Fire is now 75 contained.

  • Happy Camp Wildfire Forces Additional Evacuations

    Wednesday, September 03, 2014

    (AP) -- About 250 homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders in northern Siskiyou County, and almost 700 more are considered "threatened" by the Happy Camp fire, which has already burned 100 square miles.

  • El Portal Fire Nearly Contained At 4,700 Acres

    Monday, August 04, 2014

    The El Portal Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park is almost fully contained as of Monday morning, and is expected to be fully contained later today.

  • U.S. Forest Service via Twitter

    Abandoned Campfire Determined To Be Cause Of French Fire

    Saturday, August 02, 2014

    Investigators have determined the French Fire was caused by an abandoned camp fire. The blaze has grown to 11,466 acres, and is 15 percent contained. Evacuations have been ordered and campgrounds closed. UPDATE: 10:15 P.M.

  • Sand Fire Evacuees Returning Home

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    As firefighters continue to mop up after the Sand Fire, people return to their homes...or what is left of them.

  • Photo courtesy Yubanet.com

    Firefighters Make Progress On Sand Fire; Hundreds Still Evacuated

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    The Sand Fire is holding at 3,800 acres, with 50 percent containment. Fifty-one structures have burned, including 13 residences. The fire began Friday near Highway 49 and Sand Ridge Road at the Amador-El Dorado county line. UPDATE: 10:05 p.m.

  • Monticello Fire Challenges Crews

    Monday, July 07, 2014

    (AP) -- A wildfire in Yolo County that has burned to the edge of a rural neighborhood is contained at 35 percent.

  • Wildland Fire South Of Cal Expo Contained At 40 Acres

    Friday, July 04, 2014

    Fireworks show will go on, but Sac Republic FC game postponed after aA grass fire burns on the south side of Cal Expo in Sacramento. Crews on the scene are still setting back fires even though they say the fire is out. UPDATED 5:55 p.m.

  • Via ABC7 Bay Area

    Fire On Kimball Island Destroys Homes

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    (AP) -- Multiple media organizations are reporting that three homes were destroyed in the fire burning on Kimball Island just north of Antioch near the Contra Costa, Solano and Sacramento County borders.

  • Rim Fire Damage Estimated At $800M

    Friday, December 27, 2013

    The devastating Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park cost the local economy about $800 million, according to a new report.


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