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McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County, California explodes to 30,000 acres, evacuations ordered

SAN FRANCISCO — Other Liquid fire now burning in the Klamath National Forest in Siskiyou County.

Less than 20 hours after it started, the McKinney fire is already the second largest fire of the season in California after the Oak Fire in Mariposa County.

There is no official word yet on the number of structures lost to the flames, but video shows burning rubble.

Many communities are under evacuation orders.

Crews report that the fire intensified significantly during the night. It is now about 30,000 acres, nearly 47 square miles.

A firefighter spoke about the conditions they are facing.

“Really erratic winds from the beginning of the incident until now,” said Kelsey Lofdah with the U.S. Forest Service. “Still very windy for this time of the morning. Pretty extreme fire behavior all shift.”

The fire has closed Highway 96 from the community of Hamburg to Interstate 5.

The Pacific Coast Trail that goes from Mexico to Canada has been closed in a section due to this fire.

Kathryn Dybdahl is a hiker from San Francisco who sent photos of Etna, California. He says he’s stranded with a group of about 100 hikers trying to hitch a ride in Oregon. For more information on possible help from this or others, visit here.

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