Several western states have been hit by wildfires in recent days, causing panic in Montana, Oregon and California.
The McKinney Fire in California began Friday in northern Siskiyou County.
At the time of writing it has burned 52,500 acres of land and at least 2,000 residents have had to leave the area for their own safety, according to a BBC report citing the state fire service.
By Sunday night, the fire was 0 percent under control and an estimated 650 firefighters were struggling to douse the blaze. Los Angeles Times report good.
a western fire chiefs map has shown the scale and widespread nature of wildfires in the area.
A red flag warning indicates the danger of dangerous fire conditions, as California is plagued by persistent drought conditions.
On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Siskiyou County, which lies on the border with Oregon, because of the McKinney fire.
in a press releaseThe governor said the fire had destroyed homes, threatened vital infrastructure and forced thousands to evacuate.
Fires have also been intensified by dry fuel, extreme drought conditions, high temperatures, winds and lightning storms.
Elsewhere, in Montana, the Elmo wildfire has spread to nearly 11,000 acres and was 0 percent contained as of Sunday.
According to news journalist Maritsa Georgiou, the fire has spread rapidly and has caused concern in the area.
She posted the update on her Twitter page on Sunday as the fire spread to just 11,000 acres.
“Elmo is now 10,923 acres with most of the development on that northern edge. That’s where the most intense heat is and there are a few isolated spots outside the perimeter,” she tweeted
The Northern Rockies Incident Management team also issued a press release regarding the fire and how it was being dealt with.
,[Saturday] Local volunteer fire departments and engine crews from the Confederate Salish and Kootenay Tribes were able to extinguish the fire north of Highway 28.” stated in the press release.
“Smoke jumpers and hotshot crews worked on the west and east sides of the fire as heavy machinery formed an indirect fireline.
“Several aircraft were used to support ground resources with water and diluent droplets. The majority of the active fire was at the north/northwest end.”
Speaking about how the fires will be countered on Sunday, the press release said they will continue with ground efforts and all available air resources.
There have also been reports of new wildfires in the Southern and Central Cascade Ranges in the Sisters and Lake Billy Chinook region in Oregon, according to one. Salem Statesman’s Journal report good.
In addition, air quality has declined in most states and more forest fires started on Sunday evening.
According to the Western Fire Chiefs MapTwo new wildfires are currently burning, the Potters Wildfire and Windigo, the Potters’ Fire covering an estimated 150 acres and Windigo covering an estimated 365 acres.