Weather Helping Crews Fight McKinney Fire and China 2 Fire

Officials reported tonight that fire activity was again mitigated today by cloudy, cooler conditions.

On the McKinney Fire, no perimeter growth was observed. Crews were able to work successfully behind the city of Yreka, bringing dozer line along the ridge to protect the structures. In the steep area on the fire’s southern edge, hand crews worked on direct line construction near Baldy Gap, and in Humbug Creek.

The fire continued to back down toward the river in the Walker Creek area, and crews worked there to protect structures. On the west side of the fire, dozers are working there way into the fire’s edge, constructing line from Steelhead and Scott Bar to cut off the fire’s western and southern spread.

Courtesy of Cal Fire File Photo

The China 2 Fire, located south of Highway 96 near Fort Goff, is slowly backing toward Highway 96 in several locations and is very visible from the road. Crews are stationed along the highway and around structures in the area.

Fire behavior has been moderate. Both handcrews and dozers are working to construct line, from China Mountain southwest toward China Point, and southeast toward West Grider Creek. Progress on those lines was good today.

Early this evening, a number of small, wet weather bands made their way over the areas of the two larger fires burning in Siskiyou County. Though the areas did not get drenching rain, the moisture in the air itself, helped quell some of the extreme fire behaviors that crews dealt with last week.

The McKinney Fire is now at 55,493 acres with 0% containment. The cause is under investigation.

The China 2 Fire is now at 2,302 acres with 0% containment. Officials list the cause as lighting.

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