Published Sunday, July 31, 2022, 0930 hours PT – Update 2


The MCKINNEY FIRE is burning off of Hwy 96 and McKinney Creek Road, southwest of the Klamath River on the Klamath National Forest, just outside of Yreka (Siskiyou County), California, which was ignited on Friday, July 29, 2022, at around 1415 hours PT and has been making its own fire weather and prompting mandatory evacuations.

Credit: Redding FD

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Fire management will be assumed by a Type 2 team this morning and alongside Unified Command with CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit and the US Forest Service.

Unified Command is between CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit and the US Forest Service.


Law Enforcement – CHP – Yreka U.S. Forest Service – Klamath National Forest, Mt Shasta Police Department, Weed Police Department, US National Weather Service Medford Oregon, Red Bluff Police Department, and the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office.

Fire – CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit, Caltrans District 2, South San Francisco FD, San Bruno FD, Central County FD, SMC Fire Department, Redding Fire Department, Klamath National Forest (USFS), Siskiyou County OEM, Sutter County Fire, Olivehurst Fire, Linda Fire, Wheatland Fire, and Eastern Plumas Rural Fire.

Credit: South San Francisco FD


This is an out-of-control firestorm of all firestorms which has destroyed 51,468 acres of timber, tall grass, and brush. There is still a 0% containment status.

Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs, uphill runs, and spotting.

The USFS states they will continue with point protection. Scout indirect line locations where resources can be effective. Implement direct and indirect tactics as resources arrive and are engaged. Contingency planning for areas further west and east as perimeter continues to spread.

CHINA 2 FIRE is located near the MCKINNEY FIRE and both wildfires are being lumped together by the Klamath National Forest as a combined incident, but not yet a complex. This wildfire was ignited by lightning and burned about 300 acres. There is a 0% containment status for this fire.


There is a Fire Weather Watch in effect from Sunday through Monday for abundant lightning on dry fuels. Gusty outflow winds of 30 to 50 mph will be possible near thunderstorm cells. LAL of 3. Above normal temperatures and low relative humidity will increase the drying of the receptive fuel bed. ERC above the 97th percentile and probability of ignition of 100%.


INTERACTIVE EVACUATION MAP:,-122.68114719193818&z=12.480889938127982&fbclid=IwAR3kgZ1eIw2JsnFhIym-bE6b0voyELt3OzevqojHVF4adHx1lpkzp6grAbA&selected=US-CA-XSK-SIS-2004&country=US

Dog Evacuation Shelter: 2216 East Oberlin Road, Yreka CA 96097, 530-842-0829

Cat Evacuation Shelter: 109 North Broadway Street, Yreka, CA 96097, 541-531-1086

Livestock Animal Evacuation Shelter: 1712 Fairlane Road, Yreka, CA 96097 (access from Sharps road at horse barns) 530-340-1038

All found animals (with no known owner) within the evacuation zone will be posted at:…/mckinney-fire-lost…

There are 400 structures threatened and an unknown number of those have been damaged and/or lost.


For those who like to donate to organizations that have immediate needs, please see them below for details.

Credit: Rescue Ranch

As of this morning, the group has taken in 107 dogs into their Rescue Sanctuary, a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and quality humane treatment of dogs in Siskiyou County and beyond. This is a no-kill shelter, providing quality care for dogs while working to make a difference in the pet overpopulation problem, according to their Facebook Page. This is a good one to donate to.

Credit: Rescue Ranch Yreka

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