King Fire Doubles in Size, Crews Continuing Fight

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Crews in El Dorado County are continuing to battle the King Fire and it is just 5 percent contained.

The King Fire started burning just off of King of the Mountain Road near Pollock Pines on Saturday.

According to the US Forestry Service, the King Fire has expanded to 8,600 acres, is 5% contained, and 1,477 firefighters and support personnel are on scene.

Firefighters said this fire is extremely difficult to fight. An endless supply of fuel combined with strong gusts and tough terrain have created challenges.

"I mean, it is unbelievably steep,” evacuee, Brent Mittelstadt said. “We were talking to some of the firemen and they said they are using their hoses like ropes to crawl down the canyon. “

“We are well below our normal fuel moistures than we should be, and we have been for a really long time,” Elk Dorado National Forest Fire Information Officer, Dana Walsh said. “So this prolonged drought, in addition to the fuel buildup in that canyon has really made for an ideal fire condition.”

According to CAL FIRE, mandatory evacuations are still in place for the Estates at Forebay Road between King of the Mountain Road and Pony Express Trail, as well as all of White Meadows Road.

There are voluntary evacuation advisories for people west of Forebay Road from Blair Road to Pony Express Trail. There are also voluntary evacuation advisories for Badger Hill Road, Marmot Road, Lucky Mine Road, Old Blair Mill Road, Apple Creek Ct, Applemont Ranch, Chickaree Lane, Longs Creek, Quick Silver Road, Quick Silver Ct, and Baltimore Road.

500 homes remain threatened by the fire.