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California forest fire kills 2, rainfall helps fight flames

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YREKA, California, 2nd August, 2022 (WAM) — Two bodies were found inside a burned-out car in the path of a huge northern California forest fire raging near the Oregon border, Reuters quoted authorities as saying on Monday, as crews battling the blaze for a fourth day took advantage of rainfall in the area.

Since erupting on Friday, the fast-moving McKinney Fire has forced some 2,000 residents to flee while destroying homes and critical infrastructure, mostly in Siskiyou County, home to the Klamath National Forest, according to a statement from Governor Gavin Newsom on Sunday.

Authorities have yet to quantify the extent of property losses, but the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said in an update posted on Monday that more than 4,900 homes were threatened by flames.

Already the largest blaze in California this year, the fire has charred 55,493 acres (22,457 hectares) of drought-stressed timber and remained at 0% containment, Cal Fire reported.

WAM/Rola Alghoul/Esraa Ismail

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