Raging 95,000-Acre King Fire Destroys Dozens of Structures, Threatens 12,000 Homes

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The massive King Fire burning in Northern California has destroyed 12 homes and was threatening thousands of others. (Credit: CNN)

The number of homes and other structures destroyed by the King fire raging in Northern California more than doubled this week as strong winds and low humidity whipped through the region, officials reported.

The roughly 95,000-acre wildfire burning in the Eldorado National Forest just east of Sacramento has so far destroyed 12 homes and 57 structures, more than doubling the damage estimate since Tuesday, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Nearly 8,000 fire personnel have been working the blaze, which has been burning for nearly two weeks and continues to threaten 21,000 structures, including 12,000 homes.

Also on Wednesday, an inmate firefighter was struck by a tree limb and had to be airlifted to a hospital, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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