The King Fire in El Dorado County has grown to 20,930 acres, fire officials said Wednesday afternoon, and the five-day-old blaze shows no sign of slowing.
“We are faced with a large and dangerous fire and the fire has grown significantly,” said Laurence Crabtree, a U.S. Forest Service supervisor for the Eldorado National Forest. “We have had significant losses of public timber land, private timberland and watershed.”
The fire is growing in different directions, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Robert Little said early Wednesday. The fire, burning since Saturday northeast of Pollock Pines, has grown about 8,000 acres since Tuesday.
An army of firefighters on Wednesday was attacking the fire from the air and on the ground with more than 1,600 residences threatened, according to Cal Fire. A total of 2,519 firefighters are battling the blaze.