McKinney Fire burns in Siskiyou County | Maps, Evacuations, Updates
As evacuation shelters open, Saturday’s weather is expected to be “problematic for firefighters,” officials said.
SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. – The wind-fueled McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County exploded in size overnight, reaching an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 acres less than 24 hours after it was ignited, according to a Saturday update morning from the US Forest Service.
The wildfire has forced evacuations in northern California communities near the California-Oregon border as hot weather conditions on Saturday are expected to be “problematic for firefighters,” the Forest Service said.
Thunderstorms late Friday evening kept the fire active overnight and a red flag warning for potential lightning was issued for the area.
The cause of the fire, which started Friday afternoon near Highway 96 and McKinney Creek Road not far from Klamath National Forest, is under investigation.
The Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services has opened evacuation shelters at Karuk Wellness Center at 1403 Kahtishraam, Yreka, CA 96097, and Seiad Volunteer Fire Department Fire at 44601 California Highway 96, Seiad Valley, CA 96086.
An evacuation map for Siskiyou County is available below.
Map of fires
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Forest fire preparations
According to Cal Fire, the 2021 fire season started earlier than previous years, but also ended earlier. In January 2021, just under 1,200 acres burned due to nearly 300 wildfires. The fires resumed in the summer when the Dixie Fire burned in five northern California counties – Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen and Tehama. The Dixie Fire started on July 13 and was not brought under control until October 25, burning nearly a million acres. It has since become the second largest wildfire in state history and the largest non-complex fire.
Overall, 2.5 million acres were burned in 2021 from 8,835 wildfires. Over 3,600 structures were destroyed and 3 people were killed.
If you live in an area prone to wildfires, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. A defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely clear. At least 100 feet is recommended.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests putting together an emergency kit of important documents, N95 respirator masks, and supplies to take with you if you have to leave at any time. The agency also suggests signing up for local alert system notifications and learning the best about your community’s evacuation plans to prepare you and your family in the event of a wildfire.
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Read more: Are you ready for wildfires? Here’s what to do to prepare for fire season.
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