King Fire Revealed to be Arson, Man Arrested

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Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, is accused of "willfully"  starting the massive King Fire. (Courtesy: El Dorado County Sheriff's Office)

Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, is accused of “willfully” starting the massive King Fire. (Courtesy: El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office)

EL DORADO COUNTY-

Investigators have arrested a man who is suspected of “willfully”┬ástarting the massive King Fire.

Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, was arrested late Wednesday and was booked into El Dorado County Jail, where he is being held on $10 million bail.

Huntsman is said to have an extensive criminal background, including charges of assault with a deadly weapon, petty theft, vehicle theft and buying or receiving stolen property.

As of Thursday morning, the King Fire had spread 70,994 acres.

According to Cal Fire Amador-El Dorado Unit Chief Mike Kaslin, the fire exploded in size overnight into Thursday, spreading 15 miles.

Kaslin added that 12,000 homes are threatened and 3,000 people were evacuated. Four-thousand firefighters are battling the blaze.

The fight has a daily price tag of $5 million, according to El Dorado National Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree.

Kaslin says as other, smaller wildfires in the state wrap up, resources can be diverted to the two largest – the King Fire and the Happy Camp Complex Fire.