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(POLLOCK PINES, Calif.) — The King Fire has doubled in size in the last two days and now threatens over 70,000 acres of California land, the King Fire Public Information Officer Jesus Ayala said.

More than 3,500 buildings are threatened by the blaze, according to Cal Fire, and about 70,994 acres have been burned. The fire, officials say, is just five percent contained.

On Thursday, Ayala noted that the fire line appeared to be moving away from homes.

Also Thursday, police arrested Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, and charged him with deliberately starting the King Fire. He is being held in El Dorado County Jail on $10 million bail, the jail’s website says.

Cal Fire officials are expected to announce the cause of the blaze at a Friday morning press conference.

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