Dangerous winds can hamper the fight against the massive and deadly McKinney fire | Pro IQRA News

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With strong winds expected to sweep across the Shasta Valley, strong winds could derail the progress thousands of firefighters have made in recent days in containing the massive and deadly wildfires that have burned in McKinney on the California-Oregon border.

Since it began in the Klamath National Forest late last month, the fire has killed four people, destroyed 87 homes and consumed 60,044 acres, but its spread has slowed over the past few days, with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reporting a 30% containment. This is the largest wildfire in the state this year so far.

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Forecasts of winds of up to 30 mph pose significant new risks and prompted the National Weather Service in Medford, Oregon, to prepare to issue a red flag warning in Yerika, California, and other parts of the valley along Interstate 5 beginning Sunday. afternoon.

“When you put on a lot of wind, a lot of bad things can happen,” said Ryan Sandler, one of the meteorologists monitoring the situation. Dangerous wind conditions are expected until at least Monday.

The map shows the area where the McKinney Fire broke out near the border of Oregon and California

The map shows the area where the McKinney fire occurred near the California-Oregon border.

CalFire’s public information officer, Aaron Johnson, said about 2,700 crew members will continue to dig and maintain control lines around and through the fire, but are preparing for the possibility of new flames and fires.

“With high winds, you could potentially set the place on fire,” Johnson said.

Sandler said Siskiyou County has seen days of temperatures of 90 and 100 degrees and very low humidity, and the addition of strong winds brings the fire hazard to becoming a “dominant plume” with massive clouds and erratic behavior. Winds can reach 30 miles per hour in the valley and up to 20 miles per hour in the mountainous region where the fires are burning.

“Because it’s hot, dry and unstable, fire can actually create its own weather,” he said.

Some areas of the fire saw up to 3 inches of rain last week, but the intense heat has dried up land and vegetation quickly, and thunderstorms are not expected next week.

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