McKinney Fire in Northern California Has Taken Five Lives

A scorched pickup truck rests on California Highway 96 in Klamath National Forest, Calif., as the McKinney Fire burns nearby, Saturday, July 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

The McKinney Fire at Klamath National Park, which has burned over 60,379 acres and is 40% contained, has now taken five lives, including that of a fire lookout.

Seventy-four-year-old Kathy Shoopma, the Buckhorn-Bally fire lookout at the Klamath National Forest, was killed Friday in the blaze.

Firefighters continue to make headway as a containment line has ben secured.

“Crews tied in their fire line with adjacent crews along the eastern portion of the fire from the south fork of Humbug Creek to Dunn’s Gulch,” reports ABC. “Mop-up operations are in effect where containment is established in order to solidify the control along the eastern portion of the fire. Fire crews have successfully established line along the rugged terrain on the western edge of the fire.”

A portion of Highway 96 remains closed due to the fire. The McKinney Fire is the largest and most deadly wildfire in California this year.

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