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No Growth Reported On McKinney Fire Overnight, Crews Reach 60% Containment

Residents are being allowed to return to many evacuated areas around the McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County, but they’re still being told to be on alert in case the fire takes a turn for the worse. Initial lines have been constructed around the entire 80 mile perimeter of the McKinney Fire, which has burned 60,390 acres, now with 60% containment. The total number of destroyed structures counted so far is 185, including at least 87 homes. Nearly 4,600 remain threatened. 4 people have been killed by the fire and 7 firefighters have been injured. Much of the Community of Klamath River was destroyed.

Gusty winds tested the lines on the Yeti Fire Tuesday, but they held. The Yeti, in the Seiad Valley of Siskiyou County, is 78% contained at 7,900 acres.

The Alex Fire has not moved beyond 151 acres and is 80% contained. Highway 96 remains closed in the fire zone.

A newer start, the #3-8 fire off Highway 299 near Big Valley Summit east of Pittville is 14 acres and 75% contained.

Tuesday was Smokey Bear’s birthday, and the Forest Service celebrated with full containment of the Smokey Fire at 34 acres.