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2 found dead in burned-out vehicle as McKinney fire rages in Northern California

Two people were found dead in a burned-out vehicle by firefighters fighting California’s largest wildfire, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The identities of people found in a driveway in the path of the McKinney fire were not released until next of kin were notified, the sheriff’s office said.

Image: Flames leap out to the Klamath River during the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California on July 31, 2022.
Flames spread to the Klamath River during the McKinney fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California on July 31, 2022. David McNew / AFP – Getty Images

The McKinney Fire, which began burning Friday afternoon in the Klamath National Forest near the California-Oregon border, was growing rapidly and had reached nearly 55,500 acres as of Monday morning.

Some structures were destroyed, but firefighters were unable to complete assessments and the number of casualties is unknown, according to the US Forest Service. More than 4,000 buildings are threatened.

Two main fires are burning in the area — the McKinney Fire and the nearly 2,000-acre China 2 Fire to the west. While minor fires were caused by lightning, the cause of the McKinney fire is unknown, officials said. Both started on Friday.

The fires have forced the evacuation of nearly 2,000 people, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office said on Saturday. Newsom declared a state of emergency for Siskiyou County. The statement envisages some federal aid and state funding.

The McKinney Fire is the state’s largest wildfire, passing through the Oak Fire in Mariposa County, which covered 19,244 acres and was 72 percent contained.

According to officials, at least 124 homes were destroyed by the oak fire that began on July 22.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/2-found-dead-burned-vehicle-mckinney-fire-rages-northern-california-rcna41060 2 found dead in burned-out vehicle as McKinney fire rages in Northern California

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