Firefighters continue to battle wildfires in Northern California

Northern California Forest Firefighters continued containment Sunday after the massive and deadly McKinney Wildfire in Siskiyou County, but as temperatures rose another large blaze was burning nearby.

The Six Rivers Fire, which has scorched more than 16,900 acres in Trinity and Humboldt counties, was only 15% contained Sunday, firefighters said.

Meanwhile, another fire in Yosemite National Park, the Red fire, began in the backcountry on August 4 and was estimated at 250 acres Sunday morning, officials said.

Firefighters have been braced for a week of scorching heat as many parts of the state are expected to wither for several days of triple-digit temperatures. “Hot, dry and windy conditions are increasing, which also increases the potential for fresh starts,” officials noted in an update on the McKinney fire published on Sunday.

“We are always aware of the weather and changing conditions,” Cal Fire spokesman Capt. Chris Bruno said. “So the increase in temperature is a factor.”

However, since Sunday, the McKinney fire, which cost the lives of four people, remained 95% contained after burning 60,000 acres. Some evacuation orders had been lifted, but many others remained in force especially around Highway 96.

Los Angeles Times

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