Flames from the massive 'McKinney' wildfire burn through trees in the Klamath National Forest, northwest of Yreka, California.
California's largest wildfire of the year, which has forced thousands to evacuate their homes and devastated thousands of acres, has claimed two lives, authorities say.
The fire, dubbed McKinney, has destroyed more than 21,200 hectares of the Klamath National Forest since Friday and is not under control, according to the fire agency CalFire.
It is the largest wildfire so far this year in California, which is regularly hit by fires whose strength and frequency are exacerbated by global warming.
< p class="e-p">But this blaze is still much smaller than the Dixie Fire, which devastated more than 400,000 hectares last year.
Sunday morning, the Bodies of two people were discovered in a charred vehicle, the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office announced Monday.
Firefighters believe they were overtaken by the fast-moving fire as they tried to flee, Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue told ABC television.
The spread of the fire was accelerated by strong winds and thunderstorms.
More than 2000 residents were notified of evacuation orders in this Northern California area bordering Oregon, according to the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.
Sixty hikers also had to be evacuated over the weekend as they hiked the popular Pacific Crest Trail, a popular trail that winds up the US West Coast, Jackson County, NY officials said. ;Oregon.
A boat and its trailer burned down in Klamath National Forest, California. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate this upstate area due to the largest wildfire of the season.
One hundred buildings have destroyed, including homes and a grocery store, a spokeswoman for the Siskiyou County Sheriff told US media.
Larry Castle, a resident of Yreka, told the Sacramento Bee newspaperthat he and his wife packed a few things and took their three dogs before leaving for the night.
Other fires in recent years have taught them that the situation could become very, very serious.
Nearly 650 people were responding to put out the fire on Sunday, according to the National Forest Fire Coordination Group.
The fire season in California, a state in a state of persistent drought, is expected to last several months.
At the end of July, an explosive wildfire had already caused the evacuation of thousands of people in the center of the state. A few weeks earlier, another blaze had threatened the giant sequoias of the famous Yosemite National Park.
The American West has experienced in recent years forest fires of #x27;exceptional scale and intensity, with a very marked lengthening of the fire season, a phenomenon that scientists attribute mainly to climate change.