The rapid pace of the massive King fire in Northern California slowed overnight Thursday thanks to cooler, cloudier conditions, officials reported.
The fire, which has forced the evacuation of more than 2,800 people since it ignited Saturday, grew just over 5,000 acres to 76,376 acres, or 119 square miles. Lower temperatures and sparse sprinkles kept the fire under control, said Lynn Tolmachoff, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
“It was pretty mellow overnight,” Tolmachoff said.
More than 7,600 firefighters continue to battle nine major wildfires in California, most of them in the northern part of the state, according to a Cal Fire update posted Friday.
But officials consider the King fire the most dangerous after it doubled in size overnight Wednesday to about 114 square miles, becoming California’s second largest wildfire this year in a matter of hours.