Firefighters continue to battle Northern California wildfires

Firefighters in California’s northern woods continued to contain the massive and deadly McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County on Sunday, but as temperatures rose, another large blaze burned nearby.

The Six Rivers fire that burned more than 16,900 acres in Trinity and Humboldt counties was only 15% contained as of Sunday, fire officials said.

Meanwhile, another fire broke out in Yosemite National Park Red fire, launched 4 August in the back country and was estimated on 250 hectares Sunday morning, officials said.

Firefighters were braced for a week of sweltering heat as many parts of the state are set to wither with multiple days of triple-digit temperatures. “Hot, dry and windy conditions are increasing, which also increases the potential for new starts,” officials noted an update on the McKinney fire on Sunday.

“We’re always paying attention to the weather and changing conditions,” said Cal Fire spokesman Capt. Chris Bruno. “So the elevated temperature is a factor.”

Still, as of Sunday, the McKinney fire, that claimed the lives of four people, remained 95% enclosed after 60,000 acres burned. Some evacuation orders have been lifted, but many others remained in force especially around Highway 96.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-14/firefighters-continue-to-northern-california-wildfires-amid-persistent-heat Firefighters continue to battle Northern California wildfires

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