California’s Largest Wildfire Now 60% Contained

August 10, 2022

California’s largest wildfire so far this year has so far burned more than 60,000 acres, but it is now 60% contained.

The McKinney Fire broke out on July 29 in an unpopulated area in Klamath National Forest.

The fire has destroyed 185 structures, damaged 11, injured seven, and there have been four reported fatalities related to the fire.

The latest CalFire situation summary show a portion of Highway 96 is still closed due to the fire.

“Conditions were sunny, hot, and dry over the incident on Tuesday,” the CalFire report states. “Mostly clear conditions are expected tonight with moderate humidity recoveries across the lower elevations but poor to moderate recoveries across the highest ridgetops. Mainly slope-driven winds across the low elevations.

Multiple evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect.

Resources allocated to fight the blaze continue to grow. So far, 84 crews, 5 helicopters, and 223 engines, have been dedicated to fighting the fire. More than 3,100 personnel are also involved in fighting the fire.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


Topics California Catastrophe Natural Disasters Wildfire

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