The McKinney fire currently burning in the northernmost part of California has been named as the largest fire in California this year, with over 55,000 acres burned and more than 100 homes destroyed in the span of 72 hours. The additionally terrifying aspect of this fire is that despite the efforts of at least 650 firefighters, officials have shared that the fire remains 0% contained, meaning that no progress has been made whatsoever to stop the flames from spreading. While a bit of rain helped bring moisture into the air, allowing firefighters to briefly make some headway, lightning and thunderstorms raged on, exacerbating the issue and causing more small fires in different areas.
One of the most breathtaking places on earth, Yosemite National Park, is in danger of devastating destruction from wildfires nearby the park. Mariposa Grove in Yosemite houses the largest and some of the oldest trees globally, the famous California sequoias, and is now temporarily closed as firefighters attempt to contain the fire before it begins to burn the famous trees. More than 500 sequoia trees that are thousands of years old are at risk, but no damage has been reported yet to these specific trees.
Wildfires are nothing new to the Western United States, particularly California. Sequoia National Park is the most recent area of concern for environmentalists. The Park is closed to all visitors, including Generals Highway due to the hazardous conditions.
California’s Dixie wildfire, its largest active wildfire, has now burned for three weeks across 322,000 acres of land. There are currently over 100 active wildfires burning across 14 states out west sparked by hot dry weather.
Turkish authorities began investigating the cause of the wildfires in Turkey’s Mediterranean and southern Aegean regions that killed at least three people and sent over 58 others to the hospital as their homes were burned down.