Return of Heat, Winds a Concern for King Fire Crews

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Friday was set to be much warmer, windier and less humid than Thursday in El Dorado County, causing concern among firefighters battling the King Fire.

A shift in winds is also expected to bring more smoke down into Gold Country and into the valley.

As of Friday morning, the fire had grown to 76,376 acres since it began nearly a week earlier. Firefighters reported it was 10 percent contained.

The fire grew 3,000 acres overnight into Friday, which is a much smaller increase than the 15-mile spurt from Thursday night.

Roughly 12,000 homes are threatened by flames, but firefighters say none have burned.

Nearly 3,000 people are under mandatory evacuation orders. Read about the evacuated areas here.

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