At Least 2 Dead, Thousands Evacuated as California's McKinney Fire Surpasses 55,000 Acres

At least two people were killed and thousands evacuated on Sunday, July 31, as California’s McKinney fire grew beyond 80 square miles, officials said.

According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, two people were found dead in a burning vehicle in the path of the fire on Sunday morning,

Aerial footage captured by the Orange County Fire Authority’s Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System (FIRIS) shows the fire burning near the Klamath River, Siskiyou County, on Sunday afternoon.

By Monday morning, the McKinney fire spanned 55,493 acres (87 square miles) and was zero percent contained, according to Cal Fire. Credit: OCFA/FIRIS via Storyful

Video transcript

- OES Intel 12. July 31, 2022. McKinney Fire.

Division Alpha. Working back from pipeline gap in the reticle towards the West, down into the Klamath River toward Horse Creek. Coming down into the Klamath, then back up towards Baldy Lookout. Baldy Lookout out in the reticle now.

Current acreage is 52,499 acres. This is the West Side of the fire. End of recording.

OES Intel 12. July 31, 2022. McKinney Fire.

Division Alpha. Working back from pipeline gap in the reticle towards the West, down into the Klamath river toward Horse Creek. Coming down into the Klamath, then back up towards Baldy Lookout. Baldy Lookout out in the reticle now.

Current acreage is 52,499 acres. This is the West side of the fire. End of recording.

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