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  1. Vast landscape charred by King Fire will receive emergency treatmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 13, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    A burned stump among a forest of burned trees following the King fire in El Dorado County on Friday, October 10, 2014. The King fire burned nearly 100,000 acres in recent weeks.

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  2. One killed in head-on crash in Pollock PinesRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 11, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    A female driver was killed in the head-on crash of two vehicles in Pollock Pines shortly after noon Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol. One driver, who was the sole occupant of a Toyota Avalon sedan, was killed in the crash.

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  3. Western States Trail, other routes reopen after King fire closuresRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 6, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    Tahoe National Forest officials announced that the Western States Trail and other routes closed due to the King fire have reopened. Given the progress in fire suppression and repair efforts, the road and trail closures associated with the fire in the American River Ranger District have been lifted, according to a Forest Service news release.

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  4. Despite big blazes, Forest Service eases fire restrictions after wet weekRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 2, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    Though two human-caused fires are not yet fully contained in Desolation Wilderness, U.S. Forest Service's Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will lift fire restrictions on National Forest System lands in the basin beginning Friday. That means allowing campfires again in designated fire rings in some backcountry areas, including Luther Pass, Blackwood Canyon and Watson Lake campgrounds, as well as in the Meiss roadless area, said Lisa Herron, a spokeswoman for the management unit.

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  5. King fire containment reaches 92% as humidity aids firefighting effortsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 30, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    At its peak, 8,000 fire personnel were fighting the King fire. On Monday evening, there were 3,401 firefighters and support personnel working to keep it contained.

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  6. King fire containment reaches 92% as humidity aids firefighting effortsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 29, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    At its peak, 8,000 fire personnel were fighting the King fire. On Monday evening, there were 3,401 firefighters and support personnel working to keep it contained.

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  7. King fire held in place overnight as mop-up continuesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 29, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    At its peak, 8,000 fire personnel were fighting the King fire. On Monday, there were 4,224 firefighters and support personnel working to keep it contained.

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  8. Crews make more progress with California wildfireRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 28, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    U.S. Forest Service spokesman Michael Williams says more rain and high humidity on Saturday aided firefighters battling the King Fire, which did not see a major spread since it began two weeks ago. Williams said Sunday that the fire is 87 percent contained - up 3 percent from Saturday.

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  9. King fire 84 percent containedRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 27, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    Firefighters benefited from foothills rain Saturday as they continued to make progress against the King fire in El Dorado and Placer counties. Containment of the fire near Pollock Pines reached 84 percent Saturday evening, up from 74 percent the night before, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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  10. More rain dampens massive California wildfireRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 27, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    Officials say another night of wet weather helped crews gain further advantage on a massive wildfire in El Dorado County. State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Saturday that nearly a half an inch of rain, along with cooler temperatures overnight, helped firefighters make significant progress battling the King Fire.

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  11. Rain helps subdue King fire; containment at 55 percentRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 25, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    Rain clouds that blew in Thursday from the Pacific Ocean helped firefighters make substantial progress on the King fire, with the huge blaze declared more than half contained for the first time since it started nearly two weeks ago. The drenching showers, cooler air and high humidity that accompanied the first rains of fall alleviated the bone-dry drought conditions that allowed the fire to race through the rugged river canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

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  12. Weather Service issues flash flood warning in King fire areaRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 25, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    A helicopter with the California Department of Forestry drops fire retardant on a canyon near Wofford Acres Vineyards as multiagency crews continue to fight the King fire on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

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  13. Pollock Pines family recounts how the King fire started as small blaze in their backyardRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 25, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    Homeowner Ralf Lorenz examines his broken front door at his home in Pollock Pines on Wednesday. The man accused of setting the King fire is believed to have broken into the Lorenz home just after the fire started.

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  14. King fire containment grows to 37 percent but wind poses threatRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 23, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    A helicopter with the California Department of Forestry drops fire retardant on a canyon near Wofford Acres Vineyards as multiagency crews continue to fight the King fire on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

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  15. Kingfire burn now listed at 87,592 acresRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 22, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    Mike, and Trish Kirk with their son James posted a sign on Foresthill Road thanking the firefighter for their work fighting the King fire Sunday September 21, 2014 in Foresthill. The King fire grew 5,000 acres overnight as it continued to send smoke into mountain communities, including as low as Auburn.

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  16. AM Sacramento: Here's what you need to know for MondayRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 22, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    This Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 photo shows smoke from a California wildfire rising behind Lake Tahoe as seen from the Nevada side of the lake near Incline Village, Nev.

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  17. Thousands of firefighters battle fatigue to keep King fire at bayRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 20, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    For a week now, firefighters have been trudging up and down the steep ravines of Eldorado National Forest carrying shovels, hoses and protective gear while they try to do the near-impossible: save every single building threatened by the King fire. They typically work 24 hours straight – some have pulled 36-hour shifts – then take a one-day break sleeping in a tent, in an air-conditioned tractor-trailer that sleeps about a dozen, or, if they are lucky, an actual motel room.

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  18. King fire grows to 80,000 acres overnightRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 20, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    The King fire in El Dorado County has grown 3,000 acres overnight, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. An evacuation order for Pollock Pines has been lifted, though 2,819 residents from surrounding communities are still being affected by the blaze.

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  19. Suspect arraigned in King fire; at least four houses burnRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 19, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    As fire officials began to confirm the first loss of homes and structures Friday in the King fire, the man accused of setting the massive blaze appeared in court for the first time and entered a not-guilty plea. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, did not speak during the brief arraignment before Judge Gary Hahn in El Dorado Superior Court, and the next hearing was set for Oct. 28. District Attorney Vern Pierson said afterward that additional charges may be filed "in the very near future" depending on the number of homes that have been destroyed.

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  20. King fire damages or destroys buildings near Ice House RoadRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 19, 2014 | Sacramento Bee Newspaper

    Arson suspect Wayne Allen Huntsman made his first court appearance today over allegations that he set the devastating King Fire near Pollock Pines and had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf. The 37-year-old suspect did not speak during the brief hearing, which was continued until Oct. 28. He spent part of the session looking down at the floor.

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