The massive King Fire burning across California has reached a staggering size.
According to the Washington Post, the King Fire now covers more than 87,500 acres, which is larger than the cities of Atlanta, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Portland.
The fire began on Sept. 13 east of Sacramento. Last week, police arrested Allen Huntsman, the arsonist believed responsible for starting the fire. His bail has been set at $10 million.
What’s most alarming about the King Fire is how fast it’s growing. The blaze tripled in size from 23,000 acres last Wednesday to 73,000 acres on Thursday evening.
The fire has already burned wide swaths of land in the Eldorado National Forest, as well as 10 homes and 22 structures. Some 21,000 structures are at risk of being burned, and thousands of people in the region have been evacuated.
— NASA Earth (@NASA_EO) September 22, 2014
Approximately 6,500 California firefighters are currently fighting six major wildfires across the state. The majority of them are fighting the King Fire, which is roughly 18 percent contained. The Boles fire that has burned since Sept. 15 in Siskiyou County has been fully contained, according to Cal Fire officials.
Officials were hopeful on Monday that humid weather conditions would prevent the fire from making another rapid growth Monday evening.
This year’s devastating drought in California has been played a large part in the growth of the King Fire. Dry grasslands are fueling the fire as it continues to spread.
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