By Isabel Angell and Olivia Allen-Price
A contingent of Bay Area firefighters is joining the massive force that's combating a huge, fast-moving blaze burning in the Sierra near the main road from the Bay Area to Lake Tahoe.
The King Fire, which started last Saturday night, has burned about 18,500 acres near U.S. 50 north and east of the community of Pollock Pines. The fire is 5 percent contained. Cal Fire reports that more than 1,632 residences in and around the town of 7,000 are threatened, with 800 other structures in harm's way.
The area the fire has covered in just four days, equivalent to 29 square miles, is a little more than half the area of San Francisco.
More than 2,500 firefighters from around the state are battling the blaze. A strike team from the Bay Area headed east Wednesday afternoon and they expect to be fighting the fire by this evening.