Flooding hazards loom in burn scar areas as the catastrophic McKinney Fire burns in California.

In California, the McKinney Fire has now spread to 58,668 acres and is just 10% contained. Max Gorden of FOX Weather has the most recent.

YREKA, Calif. This week, search teams found two more McKinney Fire deaths, raising the total number of fatalities to four as thunderstorms increase the risk of flooding in burn scar areas.

According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, the two additional victims were discovered on Monday in two homes near Highway 96.
Firefighters discovered a couple who died in a car in their driveway off Highway 96 on Sunday as the first two victims of the fire.

As of Thursday morning, 58,668 acres have been consumed by the fire. By the end of the week, fire crews had made some progress against the wildfire, and containment is now up to 10%, which is an improvement over the previously out-of-control conflagration.

The fire is being fought by more than 2,000 people from the west.

While over 50 bulldozers cut vegetation to build fire breaks, 13 air attack planes and 10 helicopters from Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service are spraying water and fire retardant overhead. 42 water tender vehicles and more than 120 fire engines are battling from the ground.

Fire activity is anticipated to grow over the next few days due to the predicted drier, hotter weather, according to officials. While creating new weather hazards, Tuesday’s rain allowed firefighters to make some progress throughout the night and into Wednesday.

Around the McKinney Fire, flash flooding and debris flows were triggered by thunderstorms.

According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, a bridge collapsed on Tuesday night near Humbug Road due to a debris flow, and a firefighter was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The sheriff’s office stated that “weather can be deceiving” and that “fire activity is not the primary issue.”

McKinney Fire

FILE – On July 31, 2022, the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California, burns all the way to the Klamath River.

(AFP/Getty Images/David McNew)

According to FOX Weather’s Max Gorden , , who has been reporting from the fire line and staging area, about 6,000 residents had to be evacuated. In the community of Klamath River, nearly every house was completely destroyed by fire. The number of structures that have burned has not yet been officially counted.

Strong thunderstorms that passed through Wednesday night caused flash flooding and debris flows in certain areas, according to fire authorities working on the McKinney Fire. Max Gorden of FOX Weather reports.

Despite losing his home, one resident stayed to assist his neighbors in keeping theirs.

Louis Riccardi told Gorden, “I don’t have anything to go back to, but I just want to remain here because I don’t have anything else I want to do.” “You know this is where I reside, and I’m going to stay here until it’s lovely once more.”

A Facebook video provided by a local citizen had the caption “A piece of history lost.” It displayed the location of the Klamath River Community Hall before the weekend fire destroyed it. The hall was warmly recalled for hosting Taco Tuesday for the community, hosting weddings, and serving as a bingo hall.

Thunderstorms are predicted to start in the area due to monsoonal moisture, according to FOX Weather meteorologists. Fire officials hope for rain, but worry that irregular, gusty winds may bring on yet another day of “extreme fire behavior.” Additionally, dry lightning has the potential to start more fires and use up more precious resources.

Due to the possibility of thunderstorms dumping heavy rain, the National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch for a significant region of Northern California, including the McKinney Fire area. Rain can cause mudslides in the burn scar region in addition to flash flooding.

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch due to the potential for thunderstorms that are monsoon-driven.
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The third year of the drought in the state has left the trees and shrubs dry and an excellent source of firewood.

According to McKinney Fire Public Information Officer Mike Lindbery, “that’s one of the factors that’s really driving this fire,” he told Gorden. “We have been severely impacted by the drought that is affecting the entire state of California. Large fires that have occurred in recent years have really demonstrated this.”

Due to the McKinney Fire and at least two additional fires burning nearby, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an state of emergency for Siskiyou County.

When visibility on the Pacific Crest Trail dropped to 20 feet, according to Sergeant Shawn Richards of the Jackson County Sheriffs Department, the hikers called for assistance.

The intensity of the fire has already made it California’s biggest wildfire of the year. The cause is still being looked into.
According to CAL Fire, some resources were taken from the Central California Oak Fire to aid in the fight.
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