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See Helicopter Siphon Water to Battle California Wildfire

Crews battle the nearby King Fire, one of a dozen wildfires burning in California.

More than 1,500 firefighters battled a rapidly spreading fire in the forests of east Sacramento, one of the major wildfires currently blazing through California. Aaron Morris and his wife Sheela watched as helicopters siphoned water from Forebay Lake to battle the nearby King Fire, which has swept through an estimated 11,570 acres if El Dorado County.

"The fire has been growing, but mainly in the opposite direction. The firefighters have also made a fire break on this side of the fire to hopefully keep it from reaching the homes over here," Morris told NBC News.

As of Tuesday, only 5% of The King Fire in El Dorado County has been contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service.


- Emmanuelle Saliba