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Rain, Cooler Temperatures Help Firefighters Tame Massive King Fire

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    Firefighters fight part of the King Fire, located about 60 miles east of Sacramento.

    Officials say another night of wet weather helped crews gain further advantage on a massive wildfire in Northern California.

    State fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Saturday that nearly a half an inch of rain, along with cooler temperatures overnight, helped firefighters make significant progress battling the King Fire. The blaze has burned more than 150 square miles of a heavily forested region east of Sacramento.

    Berlant says the fire is now 78 percent contained as more than 6,400 firefighters will continue strengthening containment lines and authorities will continue assessing the damage.

    The blaze has destroyed about a dozen homes near the town of Pollock Pines in El Dorado County. Nearly 300 structures remain threatened, down dramatically from about 21,000 earlier this week.

    Despite "Great Progress," Fire Spreads to Tahoe Forest

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    Crews made "great progress" overnight battling the King Fire east of Sacramento, an official said on Tuesday, but the wildland blaze has now crossed into another county and also into the Tahoe National Forest. The blaze has now scorched close to 90,000 acres. Michelle Roberts reports. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014)

    The fire has cost more than $53 million to fight.