Large fire burning near Yreka in Northern California


Smoke from the McKinney Fire rises Friday evening, shortly after it was first reported. Photo from Klamath National Forest

The first large fire of the season in northern California has expanded more than 80 square miles in the past 24 hours northwest of Yreka, California.

First reported Friday afternoon, the McKinney Fire is burning in woods, tall grass and brush with extreme fire behavior including short crowns, spots and surges.

The fire is burning less than half a dozen miles from Interstate 5.

Firefighters are bracing for thunderstorms Sunday and Monday that are expected to bring outflow winds of 30 to 50 mph. The risk of inflammation can reach 100%.

Smoke from the fire, about 250 miles northwest of Gardnerville, is heading due west across the northern Great Basin, with no major impact on the Carson Valley, according to

The expansion of the Oak Fire, which sent a plume 100 miles north of the valley creating unsanitary conditions on July 24, has been slowed as firefighters build a line around two-thirds of the way. the fire.

Firefighters estimate 182 structures were lost in the Oak Fire, which cost $38.6 million to battle.

The fire was first reported on July 22 and quickly spread to a dozen miles west of Yosemite.

Firefighters expect the Washburn Fire, which has been burning at the western end of Yosemite National Park since July 7, to be brought under control today.


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