Friday afternoon the McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County was 30 acres. By Saturday morning it was 30,000 acres. Monday morning it was 55,493 acres with no containment. A heavy smoke inversion Sunday limited fire growth, but also grounded most aircraft. Crews were concentrating on areas about 8 miles north of Fort Jones and 4 miles northwest of Yreka. Highway 96 is closed from Highway 263 to Scott River Road. The many evacuations are being coordinated by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. A lot of information is available on services for evacuees by calling 2-1-1.
A lot of structural damage has been seen, but damage assessment has not been started so it’s not known how many homes have been lost. What is known is that much of the small town of Klamath River has burned to the ground, including the community center and a trailer park. The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office says two people were found deceased inside a vehicle that burned up in a driveway of a home on Doggett Creek Road off Highway 96 to the west of the Town of Klamath River.