Live updates: McKinney Fire prompts evacuation in Yreka; blaze now exceeds 50,000 acres

Live updates: McKinney Fire prompts evacuation in Yreka; blaze now exceeds 50,000 acres

Published July 31, 2022
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Light winds pushed the fire southeast toward Yreka on Saturday, but those winds are expected to calm down by Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. That could help firefighters stop the fire’s spread.

“We will re-evaluate those mid-day to see where we are at and where the fire is headed,” she said. “At this point in time they are working diligently to put in fire breaks and dozer lines and the prime emphasis is to protect the city of Yreka.”

The McKinney Fire — which started after 2 p.m. Friday and reached 3,000 acres that night — exploded to as many as 40,000 acres on Saturday, Klamath National Forest spokeswoman Caroline Quintanilla said.

Highway 96 is closed from Scott River Road in Hamburg to the junction at Highway 263 about 8 miles north of Yreka, according to the California Department of Transportation. The McKinney Fire is burning on both sides of the highway.