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PHOTOS: Large McKinney Fire Near California-Oregon Border Explodes to 55,000 Acres

A big blaze called the McKinney Fire has erupted close to the California-Oregon border, and contains reached over 55,000 acres, with 0% containment, in accordance with authorities.

McKinney Fire lake (David McNew / AFP / Getty)

TOPSHOT Flames burn to the Klamath River through the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California, on July 31, 2022. The biggest fire in California this season is forcing a large number of visitors to evacuate since it destroys homes and rips through the states dry terrain, whipped up by strong winds and lightning storms. The McKinney Fire was zero percent contained, CalFire said, spreading a lot more than 51,000 acres close to the city of Yreka. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo by DAVID MCNEW/AFP via Getty Images)

Cal Fire reports that the blaze began on Friday, south of the Klamath River, and within 72 hours had burned a big area, entirely within Siskiyou County. Conditions in the mountains have already been very dry, due to a severe drought which has now lasted 3 years. The fires spread was aided by strong winds aswell.

Angela Crawford leans against a fence as a wildfire called the McKinney fire burns a hillside above her home in Klamath National Forest, Calif., on Saturday, July 30, 2022. Crawford and her husband stayed, as other residents evacuated, to guard their house from the fire. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

McKinney Fire kitten (David McNew / AFP / Getty)

TOPSHOT A kitten singed whiskers that survived the McKinney Fire hides in rocks in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California, on July 31, 2022. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW/AFP via Getty Images)

The fire may be the largest currently burning in California; other blazes near Yosemite National Park received more publicity but were swiftly contained after strenuous efforts by firefighters.

The SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Chronicle reported Sunday:

The McKinney Fire, in a Klamath Mountains subrange west of Yreka, raced across 20,000 acres overnight Saturday and had devoured 52,498 acres by Sunday evening, the biggest fire now burning in California, state and federal fire agencies said. Crews had wrestled containment to 1%, but that has been back off to 0% Sunday as flames charged uphill through tall grass, thick brush and dry timber.

Several homes along Highway 96 close to the Klamath River were destroyed, even though dangerous conditions prevented a complete assessment of damage, said Courtney Kreider, a spokesperson for the Siskiyou County Sheriffs Office. About 400 structures were threatened by Sunday, lots that authorities said could grow. About 3,000 individuals were under evacuation orders by Sunday night, county emergency operations officials said.

The fire has spread despite local rainfall, because thunderstorms are bringing high winds and lightning that ignites more fires.

McKinney Fire car (David McNew / AFP / Getty)

The charred remnants of an automobile towing a trailer that burned when fire jumped the Klamath River stick to the highway at the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California, on July 31, 2022. The biggest fire in California this season is forcing a large number of visitors to evacuate since it destroys homes and rips through the states dry terrain, whipped up by strong winds and lightning storms. The McKinney Fire was zero percent contained, CalFire said, spreading a lot more than 51,000 acres close to the city of Yreka. (Photo by DAVID MCNEW / AFP) (Photo by DAVID MCNEW/AFP via Getty Images)

Two bodies were entirely on Sunday in the burned-out vehicle in a residential driveway, the Sacramento Bee notes. They’re the initial known deaths in the McKinney Fire.

A horse grazes in a pasture because the McKinney Fire burns in Klamath National Forest, Calif., Saturday, July 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

McKinney Fire horse (Noah Berger / Associated Press)

A horse grazes in a pasture because the McKinney Fire burns in Klamath National Forest, Calif., Saturday, July 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The reason for the McKinney Fire remains undetermined.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He could be the writer of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from the conservative perspective. He could be successful of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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