Dozens of People Are Rescued From the Pacific Crest Trail as the Mckinney Fire Hits Yreka!
Dozens of hikers on the famed Pacific Crest Trail have been located and evacuated as the McKinney Fire explodes along the California-Oregon border.
At least 60 hikers were found on the trail in the Klamath National Forest and led to safety, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told NewsWatch 12 that no hikers were in immediate danger, but that search-and-rescue was the best option because the trail was far away and the wildfire conditions were changing quickly.
From the border between California and Mexico to the border between Washington and Canada, the Pacific Crest Trail is over 2,600 miles of beautiful, different hiking. It is thought that hundreds of people try to finish the whole hike every year, but that hundreds of thousands of people enjoy some part of the trail every year.
The Forest Service has closed 110 miles of the PCT because of the fire. The emergency order to close is in place until August 30.
The PCT’s official website says, “The closure is from Etna Summit (mile 1600) in Northern California to Mt. Ashland Campground (about mile 1710) in Southern Oregon.” “If you are on the PCT in this area, please get to the nearest town as soon as possible.”
The McKinney Fire broke out on Friday in the Klamath National Forest, about 15 miles south of the Oregon border, sending out a massive pyrocumulus cloud and triggering a flurry of evacuations in small forestland communities in the northernmost part of the Golden State. The McKinney Fire was reported at 300 acres on Friday night with no containment, and exploded overnight, reaching 30,000 acres by Saturday evening, the U.S. Forest Service said.
Caroline Quintanilla, a public information officer with the U.S. Forest Service, told SFGATE on Saturday afternoon that the fire is going all over the place because of the crazy winds.