Manpower added to fight wildfire as winds expected

AP Photo/Martha IrvineSmoke hovers in the Plumas National Forest as cattle feed in a field just outside Clio

Officials say almost 2,000 firefighters have been added to battle a Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes in anticipation of erratic winds and hotter temperatures.

State fire Battalion Chief Scott McLean says Tuesday that about 7,400 firefighters are now on the scene as crews overnight nearly doubled containment of the King Fire east of Sacramento that has scorched 139 square miles.

McLean says crews continue focusing on expanding containment lines and putting out hot spots as a red-flag warning with winds gusts of up to 35 mph was expected along with dry heat and low humidity.

The fire has destroyed 10 homes and 22 outbuildings in the White Meadows area of Pollock Pines and continues to threaten about 21,000 structures, more than half of which are homes.

The fire is 35 percent contained.

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