The McKinney Fire Becomes California’s Largest Wildfire of the Year
Siskiyou County’s McKinney Fire has quickly replaced the Oak Fire as California’s largest this season. As of Tuesday morning, 55,493 acres had been destroyed. At least two people have lost their lives.
The fire began on the afternoon of Friday, July 29 along Hwy 96 and McKinney Creek Rd., southwest of the Klamath River along the California-Oregon border. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate and at least a dozen homes have been destroyed.
Authorities have been providing buses to get residents to safe shelter. Fairchild Medical Center in Yreka evacuated patients on Saturday. Rescue Ranch is taking in pets. The Siskiyou County website has information on lost animals and pet sheltering services. View a list of found pets with photographs here.
One puppy found wandering the rubble has gone viral, warming hearts nationwide. He was reunited with his owner on Sunday.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency. Although favorable weather conditions mitigated spread on Monday night, the blaze is still 0% contained.