Longtime US Forest Service employee was identified on Monday as one of four people killed in McKinney Fire – California’s largest wildfire of 2022.
Katie Shupman, 73, was a ‘sweetheart’ employee and died in her home in Klamath River community how result of in fire, according to the US Forest Service. “We share this is sorrow with each one of you and us know that individually, and as an auxiliary community what we are, we will find many ways to honor Katie’s life and ministry and keep her spirit alive in all of our lives,” the Forest Service said. on Facebook about Schupman.
The McKinney Fire started on July 29 and was the largest wildfire to date. year in California. cause of the fire is under investigation.
shupman one of at least four people who died in in fire.
Schupman, according to the Forest Service, began her career as a lookout at Bald Mountain Lookout to the west. of happy camp, in 1974. She later worked at the Lake Mountain Lookout and Buckhorn lookouts.
All four victims are alive in the Klamath River community that was ordered to evacuate on July 29 as fire exploded and broke over 60,000 acres. The crews are fighting fire near the California-Oregon border made progress in a week and 40% of in fire contained as of Monday.
“THIS IS VERY AWESOME”:Small town in Northern California left in ruins after massive McKinney Fire damage area
“We still have a red flag warning for today for hot, dry, windy conditions and a very unstable atmosphere,” said fire behavior analyst Dennis Burns in morning update from the Cal Fire Siskiyou division.
Additional equipment staging in probability fire moves beyond the line or new fire begins, according to Burns.
fire damaged more than 100 homes and other buildings. As of last a week about 5,200 Californians are under evacuation warning or live in affected area and 1300 people remain in accordance with the evacuation order, in accordance with the Siskiyou County Emergency manager Brian Sean.
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reduced some evacuations on monday in Irek zone on east end of in fire. cause of in fire remains under investigation, however region has been suffering from drought for a long time.
Contributing: David Benda, Redding Record Searchlight