Earlier this evening, the US Forest Service gave a brief update on the ongoing firefighting efforts that are taking place in Northern California.
A heavy smoke inversion over the McKinney Fire helped limit growth today, but also kept aircraft mostly grounded.
The McKinney Fire is now mapped at approximately 52,498 acres and remains 0% contained. Crews worked above Fort Jones and west of Yreka to cut off the fire’s progress. The McKinney Fire is now being managed under Unified Command with the Klamath National Forest and the CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit.
There have been abundant lightning strikes in Siskiyou County over the course of this evening. Crews are on the lookout for any new potential fire startups.
A number of smaller fires in the area are also burning. Many are believed to be lightning caused, however there is no official cause at this time as they are all under investigation.
China 2 Fire: Approximately 1650 acres, 0% containment. Burning in the Seiad Valley area, west of the McKinney Fire along Highway 96.
Alex Fire: Approximately 80 acres, 0% containment. Burning at the northern edge of the forest at the top of Doggett Creek.
Kelsey Fire: Approximately 75 acres, 0% containment. Burning near Buker Rd and Punkin Rd, southwest of Scott Bar.
Shackleford Fire: Approximately 30 acres, 0% containment. Burning near Shackleford Rd and Big Meadows Creek, West of Fort Jones.