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    A massive debris flow triggered by flash floods that followed a wildfire in Northern California is believed to have killed scores of fish along a 50-mile stretch of the Klamath River last week. Intense storms sent flood waters coursing through an area recently burned by the McKinney fire, pushing charred soil, rocks and trees into the river near Humbug Creek, said Craig Tucker, natural resources policy consultant for the Karuk Tribe. At least four deaths have been linked to the 60,000-acre fire, which is the largest to burn in California so far this year. The debris flow was reported after up to three inches of rain fell on the east side of the fire Tuesday, Aug. 2, said Mike Lindbery, a public information officer on the fire. A remote gauging system managed by the Karuk about 20 miles downstream, at Seiad Creek, found that the dissolved oxygen in the river plummeted to zero for about four hours Wednesday night, then again the following night, Tucker said. Dead fish started washing up farther downstream in Happy Camp that Thursday. “It’s...
    SMYRNA, Del. (CBS) — Twenty Delaware firefighters trained to tackle wildfires are flying out west Tuesday afternoon. The team is hoping to lend a helping hand as wildfires scorch California. They’re headed to battle the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest, near the border of California and Oregon. This is the first assignment of the year for Delaware’s wildfire crew. Their last trip was to Montana last summer to help fight the Harris Mountain Fire. The team is expected to depart at 1 p.m.
    Strong winds expected to sweep through the Shasta Valley could hinder the progress made in recent days by thousands of firefighters in containing the massive and deadly McKinney wildfire burning at the California-Oregon border. Since it began in the Klamath National Forest late last month, the blaze has killed four people, destroyed 87 homes and consumed 60,044 acres, but its spread has slowed over the past few days, with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reporting 30% containment. It is the largest wildfire in the state so far this year. Forecasts of wind gusts of up to 30 mph pose significant new risks and prompted the National Weather Service in Medford, Ore., to prepare to issue a red flag warning for Yreka, Calif., and other parts of the valley along Interstate 5 starting Sunday afternoon. “When you put a lot of wind on a fire, a lot of bad things can happen,” said Ryan Sandler, one of the meteorologists monitoring the situation. Dangerous wind conditions are expected through at least Monday. Map shows the area where the...
    YREKA, Calif. —  In this conservative corner of California, a monster fire that killed four people and destroyed dozens of structures is being framed by many in political terms. Some residents acknowledge the role of climate change in California’s increasingly destructive firestorms, but their true ire is often focused on decades of government policies they believe have worsened the fire risk and made fighting the destructive McKinney fire inside the Klamath National Forest more difficult. Yreka, which sits in the shadow of that national forest, was once a “timber town” known for its logging industry. Some residents here this week said the slow death of that industry coincided with the increased frequency of wildfire in the area as vegetation became more and more overgrown. “As a kid we very seldom worried that fires would get out of control and take out whole towns,” said Bill Robberson, 60, a lifelong resident of Siskiyou County and fourth-generation Californian. Experts said there are many factors behind the blaze. Population growth has pushed more residents into the wildland-urban interface, leaving more homes and people in...
    (CNN)California's McKinney Fire has destroyed nearly 90 houses and is only 30% contained a week after breaking out in the Klamath National Forest, with hot and dry conditions expected to continue through the weekend.The blaze, the largest wildfire in California so far this year, erupted on July 29 in the forest near the California-Oregon border and grew rapidly, fueled by winds from thunderstorms. On Tuesday it had burned more than 56,000 acres and forced thousands to evacuate. As of Friday evening, the fire had reached 59,666 acres and the perimeter was 30% contained, according to InciWeb, a US clearinghouse for fire information. More than 2,400 fire personnel are involved in battling the fire.Sheriff's deputies leave a home where a body was found on Monday.Of 274 structures inspected so far, 87 homes and an additional 47 structures -- including garages and commercial buildings -- have been destroyed, according to an initial damage assessment released by the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services.The office said a further four structures had minor damage from the fire, with the damage assessment more than 50%...
    The McKinney fire that’s killed four people has destroyed 132 structures, including 87 homes as it scorched nearly 60,000 acres in the Klamath National Forest, officials said. Meanwhile firefighters have slowed down the fire’s pace one week after it was first sparked, but fire officials said Friday flames could still make a run. Firefighters were keeping an eye on the fire that’s burned near the California-Oregon border, which remains at 10% containment as of Friday afternoon. But in the last 24 hours, officials with the Klamath National Forest said the fire had burned about 300 acres, a significant slowdown after the fire had burned through 59,636 in the last seven days. “We did see some growth in the fire,” said Dennis Burns, fire behavior analyst for the U.S. Forest Service during a briefing Friday. “It was all within lines.” California Photos: The McKinney fire rages along the Northern California border The McKinney fire near the Oregon border has burned more than 51,000 acres in the Klamath National Forest. After battling through mudslides and thunderstorms Wednesday,...
    More than half of the country is now experiencing some form of drought for the fourth week in a row with no region of the country free from the harsh conditions. A combination of extreme heat coupled with low amounts of rainfall is also pulling moisture from plants and soil resulting in tinder dry conditions, ripe for wildfires.  Wildfire season has become longer and blazes more intense, scorching temperatures have broken records and lakes are shriveling.  While it may come as no surprise that the western portion of the country including California is enveloped in a drought which has lasted for several years, even the northeast of the country is now experiencing a 'flash drought'. More than half  the country is in some level of drought for the fourth week in a row, the US Drought Monitor reported on Thursday Ventusky Privacy Policy Wildfire season has also become longer and blazes more intense, scorching temperatures have broken records and lakes are shriveling. A Billings 4AJ helicopter makes a water drop at the Oak Fire near Mariposa, California last month The...
    While the McKinney Fire continues to grow slowly in Siskiyou County, firefighters are reporting “excellent progress” as they begin to rack up some containment on the state’s largest wildfire, according to authorities. As of Thursday morning, the McKinney Fire — which is 10% contained — has scorched more than 58,600 acres near the border of California and Oregon, according to Cal Fire. Authorities have reported that four people have been found dead in the burn zone, surpassing the total death toll of California’s 2021 fire season, which saw three deaths. Heavy rainfall earlier this week gave crews battling the massive blaze the breathing room they needed to establish some containment lines, which led law enforcement in the area to even allow some residents to return home. Thanks to containment lines put in just north of the cities of Yreka and Hawkinsville, authorities on Wednesday reduced evacuation orders within parts of those cities to warnings. Still, residents in those warning zones were instructed to remain alert. Related Articles Crashes and Disasters | Climate Migration: Wildfire pushes Northern California family to...
    Strong thunderstorms that dropped rain over the McKinney Fire have provided firefighters in far Northern California with some breathing room. But that relief is coupled with concerns that additional blazes could pop up in the coming days, according to authorities. The McKinney Fire grew 1,210 acres in the past 24 hours and now stands at 57,519 acres. The eastern flank of the fire received 1-3 inches of rain on Tuesday while the western flank received less than a half-inch. “The rain was beneficial, but there’s still lots of work to be done,” said Charles Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Medford, Oregon. “Even with all that rain, there’s still smoke coming from the center and western edges of the fire.” Due to all the lightning-charged thunderstorms that hit the area in recent days, Smith said there was also a chance for “holdover fires” that may not become apparent for several days. It could take up to a week for the ground to dry out from the rain and for firefighters to know the extent to which the...
    (CNN)As firefighters battle the raging wildfire scorching a Northern California forest and swallowing homes in its path, some residents forced to flee are left to grapple with the losses and an uncertain future.Klamath River resident Kayla Dailey, pregnant with her third child, spent her due date not prepping for the imminent delivery of her daughter, but fleeing the McKinney Fire, which she says ultimately engulfed her home.Massive McKinney Fire in Northern California leaves trail of destructionDailey, her husband Levi, their two young sons, and the family's roommate Dalton Shute relocated to Northern California from Indiana just 4 months ago. Wildfires were not something the family had encountered before.The blaze, the largest wildfire in California so far this year, broke out Friday afternoon in the Klamath National Forest near the California-Oregon border and grew rapidly over the weekend, fueled by explosive fire weather. The fire sprinted through dry brush and grass, scorching more than 56,000 acres and forcing thousands to evacuate as the flames advanced on rural Klamath River communities. The fire had zero containment as of Tuesday.Read MoreHowever, in a...
    Raging forest fires in Northern California claimed two more lives as the death toll rose to four from what has become the state's largest blaze brought on by blistering heat and bone-dry conditions, authorities said Tuesday. The Siskiyou County Sheriff said two bodies were found in separate residences on Monday along Route 96, one of the only roads in and out of the area. On Sunday, first responders found the first two bodies inside a burned-out vehicle inside a gated driveway of a home near the Klamath River. Flames overtook the vehicle before they could escape. 'It's really tragic when a fire gets up and moves this fast and basically takes out a community. And that's what happened in the Klamath River area,' Mike Lindbery, a spokesman with the fire's incident management team, said Tuesday. The McKinney Fire in Northern California has claimed four lives over five days as firefighter struggle to contain it Officers with the Siskiyou County Sheriff's office carry away the remains of one of two people found burned to death in separate residences in the Klamath...
    Firefighters battling the deadly McKinney Fire near the California-Oregon line are girding for potentially strong thunderstorms over the Klamath National Forest on Tuesday, which could either help quell California’s largest fire of 2022 and harden fire lines, or fan it further out of control. The forecast for monsoonal thunderstorms is expected to complicate firefighters’ path to containing the McKinney Fire and several other blazes burning in the Klamath National Forest that have forced thousands of people from their homes. It comes after firefighters reported strong progress Monday night in building dozer lines and protecting the remote city of Yreka — work that could be tested under more intense fire conditions. “It looks very good right now,” said Mike Lindbery, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman. “Now, that could change, as you see things come into alignment. If we begin to see clear skies over the fire, expect it to get up and run.” “This is a fuels-driven fire,” he added. “And as soon as those big logs sitting there smoldering get some heat on them, they’re going to ignite. And if...
    YREKA, Calif. —  Officials are searching for more potential victims of the McKinney fire as improving weather conditions allowed firefighters to gain some ground on California’s largest blaze of the year. About 1,700 firefighters battling the 55,493-acre blaze were contending with triple-digit heat and possible thunderstorms that could set off dangerous conditions. There were about 10 other smaller fires burning in Klamath National Forest. The fire, which was 0% contained, ignited Friday afternoon near Highway 96 and McKinney Creed Road, southwest of the Klamath River near the California-Oregon border. The main fire’s growth has stalled over the last two days, as more firefighters have arrived at the scene. Fire crews took advantage of more favorable weather conditions on Monday, including rain, and worked to establish containment lines to prevent the blaze from spreading. The cause of the fire is under investigation. California 2 found dead in car as raging McKinney fire grows to become California’s largest of year The McKinney fire has ripped through 52,498 acres in Klamath National Forest. A red flag warning is in effect, and...
    (CNN)As a massive wildfire continues to cut a path of destruction through a Northern California forest, residents are left to contend with lost homes and treasured family items.The McKinney Fire, the largest in California so far this year, broke out Friday afternoon in the Klamath National Forest near the California-Oregon border and exploded in size, quickly scorching more than 55,000 acres and forcing thousands to flee, not knowing if their homes will still be there when they return. The fire had zero containment as of Monday.2 dead in the McKinney Fire in Northern California, the states largest blaze this yearOn Sunday, two people were found dead inside a vehicle that burned in a driveway in the fire's path near Highway 96, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office. Video from Highway 96, along the Klamath River, shows trees burned black, charred vehicles on the side of the road with wheels melted off and destroyed structures, including the Klamath River Community Hall.Resident Mike Nowdesha surveyed the rubble Monday where his home once stood, a house he and his wife recently renovated.Read...
    TWO people have died in their car after attempting to out run the McKinney wildfire, which blazed through 80 square miles. The two unidentified bodies were found around 10am on Sunday in a driveway, north of Highway 96 in California, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office. 3Two people have died as a result of the blazing McKinney FireCredit: AP 3The California wildfire has burned through 80 square miles of the Klamath National ForestCredit: AP The two deaths were the first connected to California's wildfires this year, the Mercury News reported. The McKinney Fire burned through more than 55,493 acres in the Klamath National Forest, known for its hunting, fishing, and whitewater kayaking and rafting. That's almost 42 football fields worth of destroyed land and is considered California's largest fire of the year. It only took about 18 hours on Friday to plow through, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes near the California-Oregon line, according to the outlet. Read more in wildfiresBATTLE LINES Incredible moment farmer tries to slow down wildfire to save neighbour's homeWALL OF FLAMES Wildfire...
    WEED, Calif. —  A hot drizzle fell over the Weed Community Center on Monday, where nearly all of the 157 cots assembled by the American Red Cross had been occupied by evacuees from the McKinney fire the night before. Dozens of people milled about, some anxious and others bored, as the blaze raged in the nearby Klamath National Forest. Many feared the worst, but for Harlene Schwander, 81, it had already happened: Her house, located along Highway 96, has been leveled by the fire. Harlene Schwander shows some of the family photos she was able to grab before the McKinney fire destroyed her home on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 in Weed, California. Schwander and BJ Janowicz, left, were staying at the Red Cross evacuation shelter. (Haley Smith/Los Angeles Times) “If I had known, I would have gotten more,” Schwander said. “I would have taken my sunglasses! I wasn’t thinking.” Schwander, an artist, said she had almost nothing left save for the clothes on her back and the handful of family photos she grabbed before she fled Saturday with her...
    Rainfall slowed the now fatal McKinney Fire’s growth overnight as the conflagration scorched 55,493 acres — approximately 86 square miles — and remained 0% contained by Monday morning, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.Related Articles California News | McKinney Fire: Two found dead in burned car as thousands flee California News | ‘It’s just decimated’: McKinney Fire explodes California News | Man found dead inside burning vehicle in San Jose; police say death is ‘suspicious’ California News | Oak Fire near Yosemite reaches 67% containment, Cal Fire says California News | Man suspected of starting fires in remote Oregon woods detained by 3 residents who tied him to a tree Weather on Sunday also favored the firefighters working to contain two other blazes in the area, the China 2 Fire and the Alex Fire. And the Forest Service said Monday that firefighters would continue taking advantage of the helpful conditions to build containment lines with awareness of the extremely dry vegetation surrounding them: “The continued threat of thunderstorms and...
    Dozens of hikers were rescued from the Pacific Crest Trail over the weekend as the McKinney fire continues to ravage Northern California’s Klamath National Forest. Sixty people were rescued Saturday afternoon on the California side of the trail at Red Buttes Wilderness, officials with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon said. The evacuation was an assist with the Siskiyou County sheriff’s search and rescue team. “The difference with the hikers on the trail is they’re not as mobile,” Jackson County sheriff’s public information officer Aaron Lewis said. “[We] went to trailheads near roads and started gathering hikers. They weren’t necessarily in immediate danger.” The hikers were transported from Road Junction 1055 to Seattle Bar at Applegate Lake before being taken to Medford or Ashland, Oregon authorities said. California 2 found dead in car as raging McKinney fire grows to become California’s largest of year The McKinney fire has ripped through 52,498 acres in Klamath National Forest. A red flag warning is in effect, and storms are expected. As of Monday morning, the McKinney fire —...
    Two people were found dead in a vehicle in the area of the McKinney Fire, California's largest forest fire this year so far, according to authorities. The two people were found on Sunday morning at 9:57 a.m. in a residential driveway off of Highway 96, west of the community of the Klamath River, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office. Additional information on the deaths is pending based on positive identification of the victims and notification of their next of kin, the office stated on social media. No other deaths caused by the fire have been found yet, a spokesperson for the office told the Washington Examiner. OREGON RESIDENTS DETAIN ARSON SUSPECT BY TYING HIM TO TREE A firetruck drives along California Highway 96 as the McKinney Fire burns in Klamath National Forest, Calif., Saturday, July 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) Noah Berger/AP A scorched vehicle rests sits next to a driveway as the McKinney Fire burns in Klamath National Forest, Calif., on Sunday, July 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) Noah...
    Two people were found dead in a vehicle that was burned in the path of the McKinney Fire, the Siskiyou County sheriff’s office has announced. The bodies were discovered just before 10 a.m. Sunday in a residential driveway along Doggett Creek Road, north of Highway 96 and west of the community of Klamath River. The sheriff’s office said no more information on the deaths would be released until the victims are identified and their family notified. The McKinney Fire, which started Friday, has burned more than 50,000 acres (80 square miles) in the mountains west of Yreka. Doggett Creek Road has been under evacuation order since the early hours of the wildfire, which started Friday around 2 p.m. The deaths are the first this year associated with a California wildfire. Related Articles Crashes and Disasters | “It’s just decimated”: McKinney Fire explodes along California-Oregon border into state’s largest fire of 2022 Crashes and Disasters | Wildfires in West explode in size amid hot, windy conditions Crashes and Disasters | Oak Fire near Yosemite reaches 67%...
    The largest wildland fire recorded this year in California has turned fatal as the inferno exploded in size and emblazed its way through Klamath National Forest. Two people have been found dead in their car in the town of Klamath River, California, amid the apocalyptic scenes as thousands of homes were evacuated, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue confirmed.  It's believed that the two people who tragically died were attempting to flee the fast-moving flames ripping through the state's dry terrain. The threatening McKinney blaze - which is now engulfing 80 squared miles of dry tinderbox wildland in the area - has been spurred on by gusty winds and lightening strikes.  Firefighters are working tirelessly to put out the unpredictable blaze, which began on Friday afternoon - but it is currently zero per cent contained.  The roaring inferno threatening wildlife and homes in California has now become fatal - after two people were found dead in a car in their driveway The threatening blaze is now engulfing 80 squared miles of dry tinderbox wildland in the area as firefighters work tirelessly to...
    (CNN)A wildfire in Northern California exploded in size over the weekend, triggering evacuations and becoming the state's largest wildfire so far this year, according to CAL FIRE. The blaze, dubbed the McKinney Fire, broke out Friday afternoon in the Klamath National Forest near the California-Oregon border and has since ripped through more than 52,000 acres, advancing on homes and forcing nearly 2,000 residents to evacuate Saturday, authorities said.Heavy smoke over the fire helped slow its growth Sunday, but also kept firefighting aircraft grounded, the US Forest Service said in a Sunday night update.As the weekend ended, the blaze was 0% contained and firefighters face a long battle ahead as lightning and thunderstorms complicated efforts while the flames raced through dry vegetation. Northern California wildfire exacerbated by weather, causing significant growthOregon state Rep. Dacia Grayber was camping with her husband, both firefighters, near the California state line when they woke up to orange skies, hot wind gusts, lightning and blowing ash, she said on Twitter. They evacuated from the campground knowing one of them may return on deployment if the fire...
    Supercharged by gusty thunderstorms and drought-ravaged trees, the McKinney Fire exploded over the weekend into California’s largest fire of 2022 — wiping out houses, sending 1,300 people fleeing for safety and forcing dozens of hikers to be rescued from the Pacific Crest Trail near the California-Oregon border. The blaze charred more than 51,000 acres as of Sunday morning and remained just 1% contained as it barreled out of control through the Klamath National Forest — a remote enclave northwest of Mt. Shasta that’s renowned for its fishing, white-water kayaking and rafting. And with scores of lightning strikes — some originating from its own billowing smoke plume — hitting around the central conflagration this weekend, firefighters warned thousands more to be ready to flee at a moment’s notice. At least 400 structures remained threatened by the blaze Sunday, which needed less than 48 hours to swell to twice the size of any other fire so far this year in California. But while temperatures eased slightly on Sunday and thunderstorms eased somewhat early Sunday afternoon, firefighters girded for another round of potentially...
    (CNN)A wildfire raging in Northern California has been exacerbated by winds from thunderstorms on Friday evening, causing significant growth on Saturday, according to InciWeb. The fire has already burned 30,000-40,000 acres with potentially dangerous storms possible Saturday, according to an update from Klamath National Forest."Cumulus clouds are developing in the fire area, which have potential to exacerbate fire behavior," Klamath National Forest said in a Facebook post.The fire, known as the McKinney fire, started on Friday in Siskiyou County near the California-Oregon border, about four hours north of Sacramento. The county has a population of just about 44,000, according to the US Census Bureau.A mandatory evacuation order was announced for parts of Siskiyou County on Saturday, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office. Residents within the evacuation zone are being asked to "please leave immediately."Read MoreA red flag warning, which indicates dangerous fire conditions, is in effect. Lightning is expected in the area, and fire managers were "expecting a very dynamic day [Saturday] on the fire as predicted weather is expected to be problematic for the firefighters," according to InciWeb's...
    A wildfire that started Friday afternoon has grown to 18,000 acres, and fire managers say another day of “very active fire behavior” is expected. Evacuations have been ordered along the Klamath River in Siskiyou County. The McKinney Fire started around 2:15 p.m. Friday on the south side of Highway 96 about 5 miles east of the community of Horse Creek. The map above shows mandatory evacuation areas in red and warning areas in yellow. The report Saturday morning from Forest Service fire managers said winds from late evening thunderstorms kept the fire active through the night. A red-flag warning, indicating heightened fire danger, remains in effect because of lightning. Barely 18 hours after it started, McKinney was already the second-largest California wildfire of the season, slightly smaller than the Oak Fire, west of Yosemite. Because of the expectation of hot, windy weather, more crews are being called to the scene. Related Articles Crashes and Disasters | PG&E profits and revenue drop, wildfire efforts widen Crashes and Disasters | Water woes are biggest worry for Californians...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Nearly 170 firefighters from across Texas flew out Tuesday morning, headed to California to help battle the historic wildfires sweeping across that state. The emergency crews include 80 firefighters from North Texas. It was just two weeks ago when a heartfelt reunion between McKinney firefighter Quincy Blunt and his daughter captivated thousands on social media. The special welcome home came after he spent 25 days in California. Now, Blunt is one of several McKinney firefighters volunteering to go back. With hundreds of wildfires burning in the state — about 30 of them major — the group doesn’t know exactly where they’ll be sent. Blunt says he’s keeping an eye on conditions in California and that he’s eager to help out again, even though it may mean missing his daughter’s 8th birthday. “There’s no doubt those guys they’re needing help,” he said. “They’re just as tired as they was when I went out there the first time, and they’re not getting any relief whatsoever.” Southwest Airlines is chartering two roundtrip flights to get the firefighters to and from...
    All it would take is one phone call from a fire department. Any fire department. Joshua McKinney assured me of this one recent morning, standing in the shade in his grandmother’s driveway in South Los Angeles as an LAPD helicopter circled overhead. For weeks now, ever since the 26-year-old got out of prison in June, he has been trying to earn a paycheck in an economy that’s in shambles and dreaming of returning to the fire lines, where he worked to get months off his sentence, earning a pittance. “I went in mainly to get out early, but as I was there, I actually fell in love with it,” McKinney explained. “I was like, ‘Dang, I never knew how much I loved hard work.’” He and thousands of other Californians are barred from suiting up again because of their criminal records, and that is just stupid for a state that is woefully short on resources to fight fires. In recent weeks, firefighters have been overrun in Northern California, slammed from all sides by wildfires that have killed...
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