The King Fire started about a week ago, in a California canyon some 60 miles east of Sacramento and has now grown to more than 128 square miles as of Saturday. The gathering thunderstorms could either help or harm the firefight with moisture or wind. The fire has kept nearly 3,000 people from their homes and teams are trying to find out how many structured had already been lost to the huge blaze.
The wildfire is one of nearly a dozen major blazes being fought across the state right now, driven in part by the ongoing severe drought conditions. The King Fire continues to grow (as of now, it is only 10 percent contained) and has prompted the evacuation of 2,000 residents so far. Firefighters plan to strengthen their control lines and protect as many of the 1,600 nearby homes as they can over the coming days.
A man accused of starting the blaze is being held on $10 million bail.