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King Fire continues to burn

Idaho City Hot Shot Brian Brennan communicates with a ground crew from a lookout at the Pacific Ranger Station helispot in the Eldorado National Forest last week. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

As of Sept. 22, the U.S. Forest Service reported the King Fire had burned 87,592 acres with 18 percent containment. The fire began on Sept. 13 at about 6:37 p.m. near King of the Mountain Road in Pollock Pines as a result of alleged arson. Quickly growing and doubling overnight twice, the fire has been contained […]

Comments Off / September 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

King Fire nearly 71,000 acres: Arson arrest made; Swansboro evacuated

The King Fire exploded to 70,944 acres between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. And although there had been no official connection, a man was arrested on a single charge of arson of forest land Wednesday night. Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, was booked into the Placerville jail Wednesday night on a charge of arson of a […]

Comments Off / September 18, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

King Fire continues to grow

The King Fire's thick smoke cloud dwarfs downtown Placerville.

Update: The acreage burned by the King Fire has climbed to 18,544 acres as of Wednesday morning. It remains at 5 percent containment. Two injuries have been reported, and 2,448 structures (1,632 residences) have been threatened, according to an Inciweb update. The California Highway Patrol Facebook originally stated the fire had crossed over Highway 50 near […]

Comments Off / September 17, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

State Supreme Court denies Nutting appeal

The Supreme Court of California has denied the petition for review and application for the stay filed on behalf of former Supervisor Ray Nutting, who was removed from office earlier this year. Superior Court Judge Timothy Buckley declared the El Dorado County District 2 supervisor’s seat vacant on June 6 after a trial jury found Nutting guilty of […]

1 Comment / August 28, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Fires scorch 7.5 acres

AN AERIAL TANKER drops retardant on a wild land fire near Mormon Island in El Dorado Hills Friday.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Fire crews jumped into action after two fires started in El Dorado Hills Friday afternoon. The first fire began around 2 p.m. on the south side of Green Valley Road, west of Mormon Island Drive, according to El Dorado County Fire Acting Battalion Chief Russ Hasemeier. It was contained to 5.4 acres of wildland. That fire spawned a […]

Comments Off / August 25, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Two hurt in suspected DUI rollover

Two men sustained major injuries in a rollover collision Friday morning. Jason Shaughnessy, 21, of El Dorado Hills, was driving a 2000 Suburu Outback southbound on Salmon Falls Road north of Falcon Crest at approximately 8:26 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, a CHP press release stated. The vehicle traveled off the east […]

1 Comment / August 24, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Nutting’s appeal denied

The 3rd District Appellate Court has denied a former supervisor’s writ of mandate to stay in office. Former Supervisor Ray Nutting’s writ to overturn the decision to vacate his office and hold a special election to fill it was summarily denied on July 31, according to the court’s website, published by Presiding Justice Vance W. […]

2 Comments / August 04, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »