August 1, 2022
Hundreds of firefighters in California are battling the largest wildfire to spread in the state so far this year.
The McKinney fire, which started in the northern Siskiyou County on Friday, has already burnt 21,000 hectares (52,500 acres
At least 2,000 residents as well as trekkers on the pacific crest hiking trail have left the area as homes have been destroyed.
A red flag warning indicating the threat of dangerous fire conditions is in place, as California suffers from persistent drought conditions.
A state of emergency was declared in Siskiyou County on Saturday, after homes were destroyed and infrastructure was threatened,
Authorities warn that possible thunderstorms could result in more fires developing in the coming days.
The US forest service warned that conditions could be “extremely dangerous for firefighters, as winds can be erratic, and extremely strong, causing the fire to spread in any direction”.
The world has already warmed up by about 1.1c since the industrial era began and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions.