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California’s Largest Fire Kills Two While It Rages Uncontrolled

  • Dry lightning may hamper firefighters’ efforts to tame blaze
  • McKinney Fire doubles the land consumed by fire in 2022

California’s largest fire has left two people dead as it rages out of control south of the Oregon border. 

The McKinney Fire in Siskiyou County has expanded to 55,493 acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, as firefighters face soaring temperatures and a weather phenomenon known as dry lightning that may help the blaze spread.