Two Found Dead as Firefighters Battle McKinney Fire in Northern California

Authorities found two people dead on July 31 morning amid a wildfire that grew to be the largest in California this year.

The Siskiyou County Sherriff’s Office said in a statement on Aug. 1 that officers found the deceased individuals inside a vehicle on a residential driveway along Doggett Creek Road near Highway 96.

“There will be no additional info pending positive identification and notifications to next-of-kin,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

Firefighters suspected that the pair were trying to flee but were caught in the fast-moving fire, Siskiyou County Sherriff Jeremiah LaRue LaRue told ABC News.

The McKinney Fire broke out on July 29 afternoon in the Klamath National Forest near the California-Oregon border and has since burned more than 55,000 acres.

According to Cal Fire, the blaze was 0% contained as of Aug. 1 and the cause remains under investigation.

California Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency due to the fire that has forced thousands to evacuate.

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