Dozer lines have been cut around Yreka to protect it from the encroaching McKinney Fire. The latest estimate has the fire at 56,500 acres with no containment. Cloudy, cool conditions held the fire down Monday. It’s still 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. Damage assessment has not been started so it’s not known how many homes have been lost. The small Town of Klamath River has mostly burned to the ground. Two people were found deceased inside a vehicle that burned up in a driveway of a home west of Klamath River.
The Shackleford Fire is west of Shackleford Creek near Alder Gulch and Fort Jones is 31 acres with 35% containment.
The China 2 Fire in the Evans Mountain area of Seiad Valley is 2,430 acres with no containment.
The Alex Fire east of Condrey Mountain just south of the Oregon border is 140 acres with no containment.
The Kelsey Fire near the Kelsey Creek Trailhead is 75 acres with 50% containment.
The Meamber Fire, 2 miles north of Scott River Road in the Fort Jones area is 63 acres and 25% contained.
A new start, the Empire Fire 3 miles north of Highway 96 off Empire Creek Road is 3 acres with no containment.