Govt. Newsom proclaims state of emergency for Siskiyou County fire that has burned 30K acres

Govt. Gavin Newsom has proclaimed a state of emergency for a fast-growing wildfire in Siskiyou County that sparked Friday afternoon.The McKinney Fire has forced several evacuations in the area, and has burned at least 30,000 acres as of 5 pm Saturday, according to the United States Forest Service. Evacuations in the McKinney FireAn evacuation order means there’s an immediate threat to livelihood and evacuation is mandatory. Although no one is required to leave during an evacuation warning, it is still highly encouraged.| MORE | See the evacuation map hereA portion of Highway 96 remains closed due to the blaze. | MORE | Follow the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services social media pages for the latest on evacuationsBattling the fire“Firefighters were forced to shift from an offensive perimeter control effort to evacuations, point protection and structure defense,” US Forest Service said in its latest update. Resources from multiple agencies have been assigned to the fire and a California incident management team will take control of the fire Sunday, officials said. Crews are expecting another day of active fire behavior due to hot temperatures in the area, and a red flag warning is in effect due to the lightning. “Fire managers are expecting a very dynamic day on the fire as predicted weather is expected to be problematic for the firefighters,” officials said.Gov. Newsom proclaims state of emergencyGov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday proclaimed a state of emergency for Siskiyou County due to the McKinney Fire.”A state of emergency allows for more flexibility in the face of an unfolding crisis, including the suspension of regulatory statutes that may impede the emergency response and recovery efforts ,” the governor’s office said. The proclamation also allows access to federal aid and triggers the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which allows resources from other states to assist California crews.

Govt. Gavin Newsom has proclaimed a state of emergency for a fast-growing wildfire in Siskiyou County that sparked Friday afternoon.

The McKinney Fire has forced several evacuations in the area, and has burned at least 30,000 acres as of 5 pm Saturday, according to the United States Forest Service.

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Evacuations in the McKinney Fire

An evacuation order means there’s an immediate threat to livelihood and evacuation is mandatory.

An evacuation warning means fire behavior could threaten nearby homes and businesses. Although no one is required to leave during an evacuation warning, it is still highly encouraged.

| MORE | See the evacuation map here

A portion of Highway 96 remains closed due to the blaze.

| MORE | Follow the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services social media pages for the latest on evacuations

battling the fire

“Firefighters were forced to shift from an offensive perimeter control effort to evacuations, point protection and structure defense,” US Forest Service said in its latest update.

Resources from multiple agencies have been assigned to the fire and a California incident management team will take control of the fire Sunday, officials said.

Crews are expecting another day of active fire behavior due to hot temperatures in the area, and a red flag warning is in effect due to the lightning.

“Fire managers are expecting a very dynamic day on the fire as predicted weather is expected to be problematic for the firefighters,” officials said.

Govt. Newsom proclaims state of emergency

Govt. Gavin Newsom on Saturday proclaimed a state of emergency for Siskiyou County due to the McKinney Fire.

“A state of emergency allows for more flexibility in the face of an unfolding crisis, including the suspension of regulatory statutes that may impede the emergency response and recovery efforts,” the governor’s office said.

The proclamation also allows access to federal aid and triggers the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which allows resources from other states to assist California crews.

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