(POLLOCK PINES, Calif.) — The raging King Fire in Pollock Pines, California, more than doubled its coverage overnight, burning about 71,000 acres. The fire continues to burn in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River and Silver Creek canyons.
More than 3,730 personnel are assigned to combat the northern California blaze, which is now just 5 percent contained, according to CAL Fire officials.
Some residences south of Highway 50 were under mandatory closure, but Thursday, the advisory had been changed to voluntary status. Evacuation orders are still in effect for a large part of the region, with authorities advising evacuees to take shelter at locations in the towns of Camino and Georgetown, California.
No homes have been damaged or destroyed, but more than 2,000 are threatened.
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