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Crews responding to the massive McKinney fire in northern California found two people dead inside a car that was burned in its path, officials said Monday.
The fire, which became California’s largest this year after breaking out in Siskiyou County on Friday, has burned at least 52,498 acres and remains 0% contained by early Monday morning, according to the US Forest Service.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said around 10 a.m. Sunday that “firefighters located two deceased people inside a vehicle that burned in the path of the McKinney fire.”
“The vehicle was in a residential driveway along Doggett Creek Road, which is off Highway 96, west of the Klamath River,” police added in a statement.
CALIFORNIA FIGHTS WORST FIRE THIS YEAR
The US Forest Service’s Klamath National Forest Office said overnight that a “strong smoke inversion over the McKinney Fire has helped limit growth.” [Sunday]but also kept aircraft mostly on the ground. »
“Crews worked above Fort Jones and west of Yreka to halt the fire’s progress,” he added.
About 2,000 residents remain under evacuation orders, according to California officials.
The region — including parts of Oregon — remains under a red flag warning and fire weather watch as of early this week.
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“Heat, instability and increasing humidity along with multiple pulses of moving low pressure this afternoon/evening and again Tuesday are expected to bring isolated to scattered thunderstorms and heavy lightning to dry combustibles. in the area,” the National Weather Service said Monday.
“This afternoon and tonight, the lightning threat will be greatest from the Cascades eastward as well as west to Siskiyou, Josephine and Jackson counties,” he added. “Threat of lightning on Tuesday will be greatest from the Cascades to the east, Siskiyous to the south and southwestern Jackson County.”