A wildfire has consumed more than 51,000 acres in the Klamath National Forest near the California-Oregon border, becoming California’s largest fire this year.
The United States Forest Service reported that McKinney Fire, which started Friday, became active and remained at 0 percent contained at midnight on Sunday.
“Persistent drought conditions have caused extremely dry, receptive fuels which have resulted in rapid fire spread,” US Forest Service said.
California Office of Emergency Services said more than 2,000 Siskiyou County residents received evacuation orders, and over 200 were under evacuation warnings.
On Sunday, California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency, allowing access to federal aid and state resources to address the issues brought by the calamity.
The National Weather Services issued a Red Flag Warning amid dry lightning threats and strong winds associated with thunder cells.
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