McKinney Fire on Klamath River Explodes to 18,000 acres overnight. Photo by Rogue River Runner via Facebook
**** Strong winds whip up massive fire overnight
**** Spot fires ignite miles away – as far as McAdams Creek near Scott Valley
**** Siskiyou Sheriff orders evacuations and warning
**** Huge pyrocumulus cloud rises 50,000 feet in the air
**** Dry, hot fire season massively kicks off in Siskiyou County
KLAMATH RIVER – Overnight the #McKinneyFire exploded along the Klamath River to an estimated 18,000 acres – torching off fire season in Siskiyou County with a massive bang.
In the middle of the night, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue ordered evacuations as follows:
NEW EVACUATIONS AS OF 1:45 AM SATURDAY, JULY 30:
The #McKinneyFire is approximately 4 miles from Scott Bar. Residents under Evacuation Orders need to leave IMMEDIATELY. Fire activity does not appear to be slowing overnight. Those who live in nearby areas should be ready to evacuate if needed.
– All areas NORTH of Meamber Creek Road
– All areas SOUTH of Mill Creek Road
– All areas EAST of Highway 96, Scott River Road
– All areas WEST of Scott Bar Road
– All areas NORTH of Highway 96
– All areas SOUTH of Forest Service Road 1050
– All areas WEST of FS Road 47n70
– All areas NORTH of Highway 96, Forest Route 19n01
– All areas SOUTH of Forest Road 1040-800
– All areas EAST of Thompson Ridge
Firefighters are responding to the wildfire on the Oak Knoll Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest. Committed resources include 5 crews, 12 engines, 5 water tenders and 2 dozers. Several helicopters and air tankers are on scene. A Type 2 team is on order. Please watch for fire apparatus if you are traveling on Highway 96.
Please continue to monitor Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook and https://community.zonehaven.com/ for any updates on evacuations.
Photos from Rogue River Runner via Siskiyou Alerts on Facebook
Further updates forthcoming.