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McKinney Fire

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Klamath National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1711 S. Main St
Yreka, CA 96097

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McKinney Fire Information
Phone: 530-289-8920
Hours: Daily 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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Phone: 530-918-8729
Hours: Daily 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

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08/17/2022 McKinney Fire Update 8/17/2022
Location: Siskiyou County, CASize: 60,392 acresPercent Contained: 95%  Cause: Under InvestigationStart Date: Friday July 29, 2022 at 2:15pm            Vegetation: Timber (Litter and.
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On Friday, July 29, 2022 at approximately 2:15 pm, firefighters responded to a newly reported wildfire on the Oak Knoll Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest.

California Interagency Incident Management Team 12, working under unified command with CAL FIRE, assumed command of the McKinney Fire at 7:00 a.m. on Monday August 15, 2022. 

State Route 96 is open to piloted traffic only from Beaver Creek to Kohl Creek. Residents who live along SR 96 will have access to their property. All other roadways within the fire footprint remain closed due to numerous safety hazards in the area. Prior to traveling, please check CalTrans Road Conditions at https://roads.dot.ca.gov/ for the most current road conditions.

Forest closures: Klamath National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov) 

Please continue to monitor Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office & https://community.zonehaven.com/ for any updates on evacuations.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUndetermined
Date of OriginFriday July 29th, 2022 approx. 02:15 PM
LocationKlamath River, Siskiyou County, CA
Incident CommanderUnified Command - US Forest Service & CAL FIRE
Incident DescriptionWildland Fire
Coordinates41.819 latitude, -122.895 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,064
Size60,392 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Tall Grass (2.5 feet)

Brush (2 feet)

Narrative: Excessive ground fuels in large size class.

Significant Events

Minimal

Backing

Creeping

Smoldering

Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Suppression repair efforts are underway, and crews continue to work around communities patrolling for hot spots. Red Flag Warning for the possibility of dry lighting. New starts will have the potential for rapid growth due to hot, dry and windy conditions.

24 Hours: Suppression repair efforts are underway, and crews continue to work around communities patrolling for hot spots. Red Flag Warning conditions continue into Thursday evening for the possibility of dry lighting. New starts will have the potential for rapid growth due to hot, dry and windy conditions. Outflow winds from storms are also a concern.

48 Hours: Suppression repair efforts are underway, and crews continue to work around communities patrolling for hot spots. Chances of storms and lightning are reduced. Any new starts will have the potential for rapid growth due to hot, dry and windy conditions.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Valley locations hit 106 degrees today, as measured at Oak Knoll RAWS. High ridgetops hit 91 degrees, measured at Collins Baldy RAWS. Minimum Relative Humidity values ranged from 11 to 18% across the incident. Winds have generally ranged from West to Northwest with gusts up to 15 mph.

The Red Flag Warning for dry lightning has been extended into Thursday evening, expiring at 8 pm. A Heat Advisory remains in effect and expires at 11 pm Thursday. Chance for isolated to scattered thunderstorms (with dry lightning and a chance of wetting rain) remains from Thursday morning through Thursday evening. Hot, very unstable, and low Relative Humidity is also expected.