Largest fire of the year progresses in California

A fire, the largest of the year in California, progressed through the arid regions of the western US state on Sunday, fanned by strong winds, destroying houses and forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes, according to the authorities.

Largest fire of the year progresses in California

A fire, the largest of the year in California, progressed through the arid regions of the western US state on Sunday, fanned by strong winds, destroying houses and forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes, according to the authorities.

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The blaze, dubbed "McKinney," destroyed more than 20,638 acres of the Klamath National Forest near the northern California town of Yreka, fire agency CalFire said.

This is the largest wildfire since the start of the year in California, which has already been hit by several other fires this summer.

State Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the blaze had "destroyed homes" and "threatened critical infrastructure" since its outbreak on Friday.

The fire "intensified and spread due to dry fuels, extreme dry conditions, high temperatures, winds as well as thunderstorms," ​​Newsom said in a statement.

More than 2,000 residents have been served with evacuation orders, according to the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, mostly in Siskiyou County. “Residents of the surrounding areas must be ready to leave if necessary. Please feel free to evacuate,” the county sheriff tweeted.

Yreka resident Larry Castle told the Sacramento Bee newspaper that he and his wife packed a few things and took their three dogs before leaving for the night. Other fires in recent years have taught them that the situation could get “very, very serious”.

Nearly 650 people intervened on Sunday to put out the fire, according to the National Forest Fire Coordination Group.

The fire season in California, a state in a persistent drought situation, is expected to last several months.

In recent years, California and other parts of the western United States have been ravaged by rapid and large fires as a result of global warming.

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