California’s McKinney Fire is just 40% contained a week after it started in the Klamath National Forest, and hot and dry conditions are predicted to continue into the weekend.
It began on July 29 in the forest near the Oregon-California border and quickly spread due to thunderstorm-induced winds that fanned the blaze.
According to InciWeb, a clearinghouse for fire information in the United States, the perimeter of the blaze was 40 percent contained as of Sunday morning, having burned approximately 60,200 acres. More than 3,500 firefighters are putting out the blaze. “
According to an initial damage assessment issued by the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services, of the 274 structures evaluated thus far, 87 residences and an additional 47 structures — including garages and commercial buildings — have been destroyed.
More than half of the damage assessment has been completed, according to the Office of the Inspector General.
According to the notice, an evacuation order is still in effect for the Klamath River village.
Weather conditions, according to Media Meteorologist Derek Van Dam, were unlikely to aid in the suppression of the fire over the weekend.
“The dry conditions surrounding the McKinney fire have stayed consistent over the previous 24 hours because of the constant sunshine and high temperatures. In the valley bottoms, temperatures have reached the triple digits. Excessive heat is expected to continue through Monday when slightly lower temperatures will arrive “he commented.
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“Temperatures are expected to continue rising over the following few days because of the combination of low humidity, dry weather, and downslope winds. Although a thunderstorm is possible today, it is unlikely to produce any significant rainfall.”
Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office stated it was working to return homeowners to their homes, but numerous hazards remained in the evacuation zone. It was reported earlier this week that four bodies had been discovered in the burn area.
The sheriff’s office posted on Facebook that search and rescue teams from California and southern Oregon had donated more than 1,000 volunteer hours to the endeavor.
“In addition to manning our Law Enforcement Command Post, 150 SAR members have been deployed downriver to help with the search for structures and residences, as well as everything else that goes into a big catastrophe. Starting at dawn each day, we have had ten searches and rescue K9 units “it was reported.
Homes Burned To The Ground
Kayla Dailey’s house was among those destroyed, and she and her family were forced to flee just days before the due date of her third child.
Earlier this week, Dailey told Media, “I could see nothing but smoke and the fire coming down the mountain.” Relatives Dalton Shute and Dalton Shute departed in a small car with only a few personal items.
They had just moved here from Indiana four months earlier, and Dailey learned later that the fire started just three miles away.
A 2-hour trek through the mountains meant that Dailey faced giving delivery in a hospital in Medford, Oregon, rather than the nearest facility.
When Dailey went into labor and her baby daughter was delivered safely by emergency C-section on Thursday, she shared the news on Friday that the local hospital had begun accepting patients on a limited basis.
To assist the family, her brother-in-law set up a GoFundMe account.
At the age of 6, Shute’s mother died in a house fire, according to Shute, the Daileys’ friend, and roommate. “I feel the same loneliness that I had as a youngster,” he stated, recalling his childhood.
However, he was confident that he and his companions could recover from their losses. According to Shute, “we’re not going to let this set us back.”
Retired forest firefighters Valerie Linfoot and her husband lost their three-decade-old home in a fire.
On Media earlier this week, Linfoot said, “We’ve fought fires and seen homes burned up and been in a location where we were the firemen, but to have it happen to yourself, it’s just unfathomable.” It still overwhelms me that we were the victims of such a horrendous, horrendous convergence of weather and fire, which we’ve seen other people experience so many times.
It is hard for Linfoot to think of the irreplaceable objects that were left behind when her house burned down, such as her wedding bands, the ashes of her mother and grandmother, and her children’s infant photos.
As a way to raise money for their rehabilitation and rebuilding, the Linfoots put up a GoFundMe website.
It’s a small town, and the Klamath River is devastated by this, she said. “I’m not sure how they’ll get back on their feet. Every one of us is a poor person. The majority of those who stayed down there were either middle-class or retired, even though we are all hard-working and resilient.”