The Washington Post

2 bodies found in car in wildfire zone

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Two bodies were found inside a charred vehicle in a driveway in the wildfire zone of a raging California blaze that was among several menacing thousands of homes Monday in the western United States, officials said. Hot and gusty weather and lightning storms threatened to boost the danger that the fires will keep growing.

The Mckinney Fire in Northern California near the state line with Oregon exploded in size to nearly 87 square miles after erupting Friday in the Klamath National Forest, firefighti­ng officials said. It is California’s largest wildfire of the year so far, and officials have not determined the cause.

The vehicle and the bodies were found Sunday morning in the driveway of a residence near the remote community of Klamath River, the Siskiyou County Sheriff ’s Office said.

Nearly 5,000 Northern California homes and other structures were threatened and an unknown number of buildings have burned, said Adrienne Freeman, a U.S. Forest Service spokespers­on.

Firefighti­ng crews on the ground were trying to prevent the blaze from moving closer to the town of Yreka, population about 7,500. The blaze was about four miles away as of Monday.

A smaller second fire in the region that was sparked by dry lightning Saturday threatened the tiny community of Seiad.

Erratic storms were expected to move through Northern California again on Monday with lightning that threatened to spark new fires in bone-dry vegetation, forecaster­s said. A day earlier, thundersto­rms caused flash flooding that damaged roads in Death Valley National Park and in mountains east of Los Angeles.

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a state of emergency Saturday, allowing him more flexibilit­y to make emergency response and recovery effort decisions and to tap federal aid.

 ?? Noah BERGER/ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Paisley Bamberg and her family spend time outside a shelter for Mckinney Fire evacuees in Weed, Calif. Bamberg said they have stayed there for several days while waiting to return home to the town of Yreka. Firefighti­ng crews were trying to prevent the blaze from moving closer to Yreka on Monday.
Noah BERGER/ASSOCIATED PRESS Paisley Bamberg and her family spend time outside a shelter for Mckinney Fire evacuees in Weed, Calif. Bamberg said they have stayed there for several days while waiting to return home to the town of Yreka. Firefighti­ng crews were trying to prevent the blaze from moving closer to Yreka on Monday.

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