California’s #KingFire explodes in size overnight to 71,000 acres

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USA Today reports that a man has been arrested for deliberately setting the #KingFire in the El Dorado National Forest east of Sacramento, Calif. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, is is jail on $10 million bond and will be arraigned Friday. USA Today notes that the fire has exploded in size overnight:

…firefighters had hoped that cooler temperatures and higher humidity that were forecast could help them begin controlling the 111-square-mile wildfire that increased 1.5 times in size from Wednesday to Thursday.

The fire has been burning in steep canyons since Saturday and exploded in size Wednesday and early Thursday after 90-degree temperatures helped fuel its spread. Firefighters said the fire initially started at the top of a canyon, rolled downhill slowly and then roared back uphill.

The #KingFire has been well documented on Twitter.

California wildfire shows explosive growth, more than doubling in size to 111 square miles. #KingFire http://t.co/3Sm0PZSIEK

— KFI AM 640 (@KFIAM640) September 18, 2014

Here is the latest fire perimeter for the #KingFire close to 71,000 acres. pic.twitter.com/PgCbCMxIWp

— Rob Carlmark (@rcarlmark) September 18, 2014

#KingFire up to 71,000 acres (appox 111 miles) 3600 personnel working on containment @CalFireNews @CAL_FIRE @kcranews

— Cassandra Leconte (@thehowlingwind) September 18, 2014

California`s #KingFire rages http://t.co/1cPjWUb4l6 pic.twitter.com/3UWykcSc83

— Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) September 18, 2014

#KingFire in #California 9/18 • 70,994 Acres • 5% contained • 3,695 firefighters http://t.co/dNLbBf0IcV pic.twitter.com/RavFXffGvD

— Ed Joyce (@EdJoyce) September 18, 2014

California #KingFire: 71,000 acres—5% contained pic.twitter.com/iTWZbyXZSF

— John Galt (@JohnGGalt) September 18, 2014

Back burn crews have made it east of Power House Rd and are moving quickly up Hwy 50. Hwy is closed. #KingFire pic.twitter.com/xTWJ9PRFVB

— Brian Hickey (@kcraBrianHickey) September 18, 2014

Last night #kingfire #wildfire @YubaNet @R5_Fire_News @HuffPostPhoto @DisasterChannL pic.twitter.com/BsjNqtHyCk

— Jeff Frost (@Jeff_Frost) September 18, 2014

AMAZING PHOTO: #KingFire forming pyrocumulus (fire cloud) seen from #LakeTahoe pic.twitter.com/1WFVzUQeBb

— John Galt (@JohnGGalt) September 18, 2014

A #kingfire evacuee takes a picture of the smoke cloud towering above the massive wildfire. pic.twitter.com/CTEEsKKUK9

— Trevor Hughes (@TrevorHughes) September 18, 2014

Here's an alternate view of Stumpy Meadows area on the #KingFire. Heavy fire activity, people evac-ing area. pic.twitter.com/NaCyhwEVLN

— Trevor Hughes (@TrevorHughes) September 18, 2014

Wow. RT @hipEchik: #KingFire as seen from Lake Tahoe at Sunset last night h/t @juanitocabrone pic.twitter.com/SWvrBHDQLv

— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) September 18, 2014

Amazingly, the #KingFire still has not burned any buildings. That's a big win so far for firefighters and residents.

— Patrick Walker (@PatrickWalker) September 18, 2014