Multiple fires in California as Newsom declares national emergency

Revelation 16:9 “They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.”

Important Takeaways:

  • Western flames spread, California sees its largest 2022 fire
  • The McKinney Fire was burning out of control in Northern California’s Klamath National Forest, with expected thunderstorms a big concern
  • “The fuel beds are so dry and they can just erupt from that lightning,” Freeman said. “These thunder cells come with gusty erratic winds that can blow fire in every direction.”
  • The blaze exploded in size to more than 80 square miles (207 square km) just two days after erupting in a largely unpopulated area of Siskiyou County
  • The cause was under investigation.
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency Saturday as the McKinney Fire intensified.
  • A second, smaller fire just to the west that was sparked by dry lightning Saturday threatened the tiny town of Seiad
  • A third fire, which was on the southwest end of the McKinney blaze, prompted evacuation orders for around 500 homes
  • The McKinney fire “remains 0% contained,” the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said
  • In northwest Montana, a fire sparked in grasslands near the town of Elmo had grown to about 17 square miles (44 square km) after advancing into forest
  • In Idaho, the Moose Fire in the Salmon-Challis National Forest has burned on more than 75 square miles (196 square km) in timbered land near the town of Salmon. It was 21% contained by Sunday morning

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