Local Man Arrested For Starting King Fire as Fire Double Overnight

Wayne Allen Huntsman of Pollock Pines, El Dorado County, California, has been arrested and charged with starting the massive and fast moving King fire that is still raging east of Sacramento.

The fire doubled in size overnight and is currently costing $5 million a day to fight.

Huntsman is being held in the county jail in Placerville on $10 million bail.

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Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes, and another 12,000 properties are threatened by the fire which as of Thursday night was just 5% contained. Two firefighters have been injured fighting the fire but so far no lives have been lost.

Here’s a unique view of the King Fire from Lake Tahoe on Thursday (Sept. 18, 2014). Photo courtesy flickr_steveells
Here’s a unique view of the King Fire from Lake Tahoe on Thursday (Sept. 18, 2014). Photo courtesy flickr_steveells

No details of the motives behind setting the fire have yet been released.


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