The McKinney Fire is Now California’s Largest Wildfire of the Year
The McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County has quickly replaced the Oak Fire as California’s largest this year. Over 52,450 acres have been destroyed since Friday and at least two people are dead.
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.
Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Saturday.