California's largest wildfire of the year kills two


The largest fire of the year in California kills two

Flames from the massive 'McKinney' wildfire devour trees in the Klamath National Forest, northwest of Yreka, California.

California's largest wildfire of the year, which has forced thousands to evacuate their homes and devastated thousands of acres, has claimed two lives, authorities say.

The fire, dubbed McKinney, has since Friday destroyed more than 21,200 hectares of the Klamath National Forest and is not under control, according to the fire agency CalFire.

This is the largest wildfire so far this year in California, which is regularly hit by fires whose strength and frequency are exacerbated by the global warming.

But this blaze remains much smaller than the Dixie Fire, which devastated more than 400,000 hectares last year.

On Sunday morning, the bodies of two people were discovered in a charred vehicle, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Firefighters believe they were overtaken by the fast-moving fire, as they tried to flee, Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue told ABC television.

The spread of the fire was accelerated by strong winds and thunderstorms.

More than 2,000 residents have been served with evacuation orders in this area of ​​northern California, which borders Oregon, according to the Public Services Office. #x27;Governor's emergency.

Sixty hikers also had to be evacuated this weekend while hiking the popular Pacific Crest Trail up the coast western United States, Jackson County, Oregon officials said.

A boat and its trailer burned down in Klamath National Forest, California. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate this upstate area due to the largest wildfire of the season.

About 100 buildings were destroyed, including homes and a grocery store, a Siskiyou County Sheriff spokeswoman told US media.

Larry Castle, a resident of & #x27;Yreka, told the Sacramento Bee newspaper that he and his wife packed a few things and took their three dogs before leaving for the night.

Other fires in recent years have taught them that the situation could get very, very serious.

The fire is expected to spread in all directions, and thunderstorms and high winds could hit the area, authorities have warned.

Nearly 850 firefighters were on Monday to put out the fire, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.

The fire season in California, a state in a state of persistent drought, is expected to last several months.

At the end of July, an explosive wildfire had already caused the evacuation of thousands of people in the center of the state. A few weeks earlier, another blaze had threatened the giant sequoias of the famous Yosemite National Park.

The American West has experienced in recent years forest fires of #x27;exceptional scale and intensity, with a very marked lengthening of the fire season, a phenomenon that scientists attribute mainly to climate change.


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