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Apocalyptic scenes as at least two people are dead in McKinney fire – California’s largest this year

The biggest wild fire registered this year California has turned fatal as the inferno exploded in size and ripped its way through Klamath National Forest.

Two people were found dead in their car in the town of Klamath River, California, amid apocalyptic scenes as thousands of homes were evacuated, Siskiyou County Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue confirmed.

It is believed that the two people who tragically died were trying to flee the fast moving flames.

The looming McKinney blaze – which now engulfs 80km² of dry tinderbox wilderness in the area – has been fueled by gusty winds and lightning strikes.

Firefighters are working tirelessly to extinguish the unpredictable blaze, which started on Friday afternoon – but it is currently zero percent contained.

The raging inferno threatening wildlife and homes in California has now turned deadly – after two people were found dead in a car in their driveway

The blaze is now 80km² of dry tinderbox wildland in the area as firefighters work tirelessly to calm the inferno

The blaze is now 80km² of dry tinderbox wildland in the area as firefighters work tirelessly to calm the inferno

The blaze is now 80km² of dry tinderbox wildland in the area as firefighters work tirelessly to calm the inferno

The charred remains of a boat on a trailer are seen near the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California

The charred remains of a boat on a trailer are seen near the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California

The charred remains of a boat on a trailer are seen near the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California

The McKinney Fire burned near Yreka, California on Saturday

The McKinney Fire burned near Yreka, California on Saturday

The McKinney Fire burned near Yreka, California on Saturday

Flames burn toward the Klamath River during the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California, on July 31, 2022. The largest fire in California this year is forcing thousands of people to evacuate as it destroys homes and the state tears. dry terrain

Flames burn toward the Klamath River during the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California, on July 31, 2022. The largest fire in California this year is forcing thousands of people to evacuate as it destroys homes and the state tears. dry terrain

Flames burn toward the Klamath River during the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California, on July 31, 2022. The largest fire in California this year is forcing thousands of people to evacuate as it destroys homes and the state tears. dry terrain

Authorities are now trying to protect homes and infrastructure instead of trying to calm the size of the raging wildfire.

Intense clouds overhead formed by the inferno, which has been described as a ‘fire-breathing dragon of clouds’, are said to be generating their own thunderstorm – with many fearing this will spark additional fires.

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Saturday as the fire intensified.

Yesterday Caroline Quintanilla, a spokeswoman with Klamath National Forest, said: ‘It continues to grow with erratic winds and thunderstorms in the area and we are in triple digit temperatures.’

Highway 98 is closed due to the fires in the area and parts of Yreka, California have now been evacuated.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures on Sunday rose between 90F and 100F causing a red flag fire danger warning to be issued.

The McKinney Fire exploded about 15 miles south of the Oregon border on Saturday in the Klamath National Forest

The McKinney Fire is burning near Yreka, California, as it destroyed 80 square miles of vegetation, destroyed a dozen homes and forced local residents to evacuate

The McKinney Fire is burning near Yreka, California, as it destroyed 80 square miles of vegetation, destroyed a dozen homes and forced local residents to evacuate

The McKinney Fire is burning near Yreka, California, as it destroyed 80 square miles of vegetation, destroyed a dozen homes and forced local residents to evacuate

Crawford and her husband stayed while other residents evacuated to defend their home against the McKinney Fire in Northern California

Crawford and her husband stayed while other residents evacuated to defend their home against the McKinney Fire in Northern California

Crawford and her husband stayed while other residents evacuated to defend their home against the McKinney Fire in Northern California

Crawford walks past her home as a wildfire called the McKinney Fire burns up the hill from her home in the Klamath National Forest, northern California, on Saturday

Crawford walks past her home as a wildfire called the McKinney Fire burns up the hill from her home in the Klamath National Forest, northern California, on Saturday

Crawford walks past her home as a wildfire called the McKinney Fire burns up the hill from her home in the Klamath National Forest, northern California, on Saturday

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said search teams rescued about 60 hikers from backpacking on a trail that runs from Canada to Mexico.

The Pacific Coast Trail Association urged hikers to get to the nearest town, while the US Forest Service closed a 110-mile section of the trail from the Etna Summit to the Mount Ashland Campground in southern Oregon.

Oregon state representative Dacia Grayber, who is a firefighter, was camping with her husband, who is also a firefighter, near the California state line when high winds woke them up just after midnight.

The sky glowed with lightning strikes in the clouds over the weekend as ash blew toward them, even though they were in Oregon, about 10 miles away.

Intense heat from the fire had sent up a massive pyrocumulonimbus cloud, which can produce its own weather system, including winds and thunderstorms, Grayber said.

She said: ‘These were some of the worst winds I’ve ever been in and we’re used to big fires.

‘I thought it tore the roof tent off our truck. We got out of there.’

On the way, they encountered hikers on the Pacific Coast Trail who were fleeing for safety.

“The scary part for us was the wind speed,” she said. ‘It went from a fairly cool windy night to warm, dry hurricane force winds. This usually happens during a fire during the day but not at night. I hope for everyone that this dies down but it looks like it’s going to get worse.’

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