More hot, breezy weather expected as McKinney Fire tops 60,000 acres

SISKIYOU COUNTY — Firefighters battling the McKinney Fire near the California-Oregon border faced another day of hot breezy weather with the possibility of lightning Saturday as the massive blaze topped 60,000 acres. Cal Fire’s latest figures on the fire that started over a week ago in Siskiyou County placed it at 60,044 acres with 30% … Read more

Evacuation centre set up in Penticton, B.C. for those displaced by wildfires – Okanagan |

As of Friday afternoon, the Keremeos Creek wildfire situated 20 km outside of Penticton has forced over 1,600 properties into either an evacuation alert or order. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen has set up an Emergency Support Service’s reception centre at the Princess Margaret Secondary School in Penticton, where over 300 registrations have come through … Read more

Dry lightning threat keeps McKinney firefighters on edge

KLAMATH RIVER —  Fire crews  were working amid thunderstorms early Friday that brought light precipitation along with the possibility of dry lightning that could spark new blazes in the fire ravaged Klamath National Forest. A separate set of firefighters in the area have been put on standby to jump on any new fires, according to … Read more

3-alarm vegetation fire breaks out in Martinez; structures threatened

MARTINEZ — A three-alarm vegetation fire was threatening structures on a hillside in Martinez Thursday afternoon, according to authorities. Martinez brush fire CBS The fire was first reported at 3:47 p.m. in the area of the 4100 block of Pacheco Boulevard, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) said. The location is across … Read more

‘This is a sleeping giant’; Firefighters not fooled by massive McKinney Fire’s slowed growth

KLAMATH RIVER — Firefighters have gotten their first hold on California’s deadliest and most destructive fire of the year and expected that the blaze would remain stalled through the weekend. The McKinney Fire near the Oregon border was 10% contained as of Wednesday night and bulldozers and hand crews were making progress carving firebreaks around … Read more

‘Ash was raining all over my house’: Keremeos Creek wildfire threatens off-grid home |

The Keremeos Creek wildfire has forced hundreds of local residents to evacuate. Many are uncertain when they will return. Some may not be able to return at all. Les Murzsa had been working on his off-the-grid home near Apex Mountain for the past 10 years. He was only a few weeks away from finishing the … Read more

Three Hood County firefighters injured while battling 300-acre wildfire north of Tolar

Three firefighters were injured battling a wildfire north of Tolar in Hood County that has grown to around 300 acres. The fire is 0% contained. Courtesy: McClatchy Co. Three Hood County firefighters were injured Wednesday while fighting a wildfire north of Tolar, according to a news release from the Hood County Office of Emergency Management. … Read more