Rains bring big gains against California wildfire
PLACERVILLE, CA - A day of light rain has brought big gains against a Northern California wildfire, reducing the number of threatened homes from thousands to hundreds.
State fire officials say fewer than 300 structures are threatened by the King Fire east of Sacramento on Thursday night, a figure they put at 12,000 at the beginning of the day.
Calls for evacuation in two communities were reduced from mandatory to voluntary, leaving just one neighborhood under strict evacuation orders. It wasn't immediately clear how many people remained away from their homes.
The rains had brought fears of flash floods and dangerous conditions in the huge burn area, but they remained light and helpful to the firefight.
The blaze is now 55 percent contained after burning almost 150 square miles.