Fast-moving McKinney Fire blows up in western Siskiyou County; evacuations ordered

Fast-moving McKinney Fire blows up in western Siskiyou County; evacuations ordered

Published July 31, 2022
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Brush, tall grass and trees were on fire in the Oak Knoll Ranger District of the forest, where the fire started west of the Walker Creek Bridge on the south side of the Klamath River. The flames had jumped Highway 96 as air attack planes flew overhead.

Highway 96 was closed from Highway 263, about 2 miles west of Interstate 5, to Scott River Road. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office was posting updates on its Facebook page telling residents to evacuate from the fire zone.

“At this point, I don’t have a perimeter map because with the erratic winds, there’s not any specific direction it’s moving in,” Quintanilla said. “It’s all over the map. Things have not settled down in a discernible pattern.”

“We’re not even working on containment at this point. We’re working on catching up to the fire and getting people evacuated and making sure that everybody is safe,” she said from the U.S. Forest Service office in Yreka.