King Fire 100% contained

After nearly a month of battling the King Fire, firefighters have a 100 percent containment on the wildfire.

Even though the fire is contained, it is not out, Eldorado National Forest spokesperson Kristi Schroeder said in a news release. Smoke from inside the fire lines will still be visible until a significant rain or snowfall. Crews will continue to mop up the area.

"It is anticipated that any areas of increased fire behavior will be primarily isolated surface fire on exposed southern aspects," the forest's incident website said. "Occasional isolated single tree torching on exposed aspects is anticipated as the low humidity and warm days continue. Heavy dead and down fuels will also continue to hold heat and burn."

The fire began on Forebay Road near Pollock Pines on Saturday, Sept. 13 and it has since covered 97,717 acres. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, of Pollock Pines, has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with the blaze.

"Thank you to our partners and the local community for their support during the King Fire,"Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree said in the release. "This unprecedented event has tested our expertise and expanded our abilities to work with each other. We have seen the community come together to show their support in many touching ways."


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