A fast-growing wildfire, named the McKinney fire, has grown to more than 52,000 acres in two days, becoming California’s largest wildfire in 2022. Two people have been reported dead and nearly 3,000 residents have been asked to evacuate. It is 0% contained, although heavy smoke helped slow the growth on Sunday even as it kept most aircraft grounded.
The fire began on Friday in Siskiyou County near the California-Oregon border, and has since exploded to more than 80 square miles, exacerbated by thunderstorms and high, windy conditions. Climate change is increasing the size, frequency, and intensity of wildfires as well as the length of the fire season.
There are currently 53 large wildfires burning across the United States in California, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.