The flame, dubbed the McKinney Fire, occurred out Friday afternoon in The Klamath National Forest near the California-Oregon border and has since more than 52,000 acres, promotion on homes and forcing nearly 2,000 residents to evacuate on Saturday, authorities said.
heavy smoke over in fire helped slow it down growth Sunday but also The US Forest Service said fire planes have landed. in Sunday evening update.
By the end of the weekend, the flames were contained at 0%, and firefighters face together battle ahead like lightning and thunderstorms complicated efforts while the flame raced through the dry vegetation.
“At 22+ years old of fire I have never experienced anything like this is fire behavior at night. It seemed completely surreal and not just little apocalypse” Greiber tweeted
area remained under a red warning flag as a threat of dry lightning, strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity created dangerous fire conditions until Sunday evening. “Plentiful lightning” is expected through Monday, as well as scattered thunderstorms that could potentially spread flames out further, according to the National Weather Service.
“These conditions can be extremely dangerous for firefighters, as the wind can be erratic and very strong, causing fire distribute in Any direction”, – said the forest service. in a news release.
Dry thunderstorms what happened over weekends happen when the rain evaporates before it hits the ground, leaving only lightning strikes of sparking new According to CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford, the fires are fueling existing ones.
At 52,498 acres, the McKinney Fire is estimated to be the largest wildfire in California this year. yearCalifornia firefighter captain Chris Bruno told CNN.
And that’s not the only thing fire brigades have to contend with. with. Burned 10 different forest fires. in The Klamath National Forest on Sunday afternoon, forest officials said.
The fires have spawned their own weather in the form of pyrocumulus clouds, which are formed as a result of intense heat of in fire compulsion air to rise.
Thor Mason was one of hundreds evacuated due to McKinney fire. He said he and his friends were running from homes and arrived at the Klamath River Community Center, only to find fire closing inhe told CNN affiliate KDRV.
“When I got to community the center was almost on fire. I like hell, it’s not goodMason said. “So I put the…pedal to the floor and started boogie-woogie. … I heard this morning that he fired up in flame”.
Persistent drought in California set scene for impetuous fire distribute in forest, with The fires burn with extremely dry, susceptible fuels, according to the Forest Service.
Chasing dry brush, grass and wood, fire the activity was extreme with flames running uphill and seeing further out according to fire officials.
The Klamath National Forest is big and a beautiful forest, but this also has steep and rugged terrain. As well as with this, combined with high temperatures, low humidity – all this play and make it very extreme fire danger situation right now,” Tom Stocksberry of The US Forest Service told CNN affiliate KTVL.
BUT total of 648 firefighting personnel agreed on flames attacking flames from the ground and air and works to protect the evacuees homes.
Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed the state of special saturday for Siskiyou County, saying that the flame destroyed homes and threatened critical infrastructure. Kal Fire said no information was available on structures damaged by the McKinney fire, although Stocksberry told KTVL that there were unconfirmed reports of lost structures.
Saturday about 60 people were evacuated from the Pacific Crest as the fire approached McKinney, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon said on on his Facebook page, noting that the tourists were rescued from the “California side of Desert of the Red Batts.
Conditions could improve on Monday as chance of insulated dry thunderstorms switches to northShackelford said. There is also a chance for up up to 2 inches of it’s raining over in an area that can help firefighters fight the McKinney fire.
Paradise Afshar of CNN, Tina Burnside, Amanda Jackson, Robert Shackelford and Claire Colbert contributed to this report.