Wildfire Map Shows California, Oregon and Montana Areas Tackling Blazes

Multiple western states have been gripped by wildfires in recent days with blazes causing chaos in Montana, Oregon and California.

The McKinney Fire, in California, started in the northern Siskiyou county on Friday.

It has burnt 52,500 acres of land at time of writing and caused at least 2,000 residents to leave the area for their safety, according to a BBC report citing the state's fire service.

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The ruins of the Oak Mobile Park are seen at the McKinney Fire in the Klamath National Forest northwest of Yreka, California, on July 31, 2022. The McKinney fire has been the largest in California this year and has forced thousands of people to evacuate David MCnew/Getty

As of Sunday night, the fire was 0 percent contained and an estimated 650 firefighters were battling the blaze to get it under control, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

A Western Fire Chiefs map has shown the scale and the expansive nature of the wildfire in the area.

A Red Flag Warning, indicating the threat of dangerous fire conditions is in place, as California suffers from persistent drought conditions.

On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a state of emergency for Siskiyou County, which is located on the border with Oregon, due to the McKinney Fire.

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A map of the Elmo Fire in Montana and the McKinney Fire in California. The McKinney Fire, which started in the northern Siskiyou county on Friday, has burnt 21,000 hectares (52,500 acres). WFCA

In a press release, the governor said the fire had destroyed homes, threatened critical infrastructure and forced thousands to evacuate.

The fire has also been intensified by dry fuels, extreme drought conditions, high temperatures, winds and lightning storms.

Elsewhere, in Montana, the Elmo wildfire has spread almost 11,000 acres and was 0 percent contained as of Sunday.

The fire has spread quickly and has caused concern in the area according to Newsy journalist Maritsa Georgiou.

She posted updates to her Twitter page on Sunday as the fire spread just shy of 11,000 acres.

"Elmo now 10,923 acres with most of the growth on that northern edge. That's where the most intense heat is and some isolated spots outside perimeter," she tweeted

The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team also issued a press release regarding the fire and how it was being dealt with.

"[Saturday] engine crews from local volunteer fire department and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes were able to hold the fire north of Highway 28," the press release said.

"Smoke jumpers and hotshot crews worked the west and east sides of the fire as heavy machinery constructed indirect fireline.

"Multiple aircraft were utilized to support ground resources with water and retardant drops. The majority of active fire was on the north/northwest end."

Speaking about how the fire would be combatted on Sunday, the press release stated they would continue with both on-the-ground efforts and all the air resources available.

There have also been reports of new wildfires in the southern and central Cascade range all the way to the Sisters and Lake Billy Chinook area, in Oregon according to a Salem Statesman Journal report.

In addition, air quality has declined across much of the states and on Sunday evening, more wildfires began popping up.

According to the Western Fire Chiefs map, two new wildfires are currently burning, the Potter wildfire and the Windigo, with the Potter fire spreading an estimated 150 acres and the Windigo spreading an estimated 365 acres.