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The McKinney fire has ripped through 52,498 acres in Klamath National Forest. A red flag warning is in effect, and storms are expected.
The McKinney Fire grew by about 40% to 51,468 acres.
Huge blaze burns out of control as crews also battling fires in Montana, Idaho, Hawaii and Texas
Crews battling the largest wildfire so far this year in California braced for thunderstorms and hot, windy conditions that created the potential for additional fire growth Sunday.
Western woodlands now vulnerable to megafires evolved to endure far more frequent and less catastrophic burns at the hands of local tribes.
By replacing proactive Indigenous fire experts with managers who embraced clearcutting, monoculture plantations, and Smokey the Bear fire suppression policies, government agencies wiped out millennia of historical burning regimes that kept forestlands healthy, diverse, and fire-resilient. This history, along with heightened temperatures and extended drought due to climate change, set the stage for today’s catastrophic wildfires plaguing the Western United States.
A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a 15-year plan for several drought-stricken wildlife refuges along the Oregon and California border against challenges by agribusiness and conservation groups alike.
This fall, the Karuk Tribe and other agencies will host the first Indigenous women-in-fire training exchange meant to train firefighters in burning practices.
The exchange will focus on Indigenous women and prescribed burning — which is intentional fires set in the wild for a variety of cultural and ecological reasons — with cultural objectives in an attempt to make fire management systems more equitable.
At 1:00 pm on Tuesday, July 26 at the Requa Boat Ramp, the Yurok Tribe will greet fourteen local indigenous youth who recently completed an intensive whitewater kayak training to prepare to lead the first decent of the Klamath River following the much-anticipated removal of four dams.
CHILOQUIN — Citizens of the Klamath Tribes will host a two-day community event, “Rally for the C’waam and Koptu”, highlighting the importance of these endemic fish, also known as the Lost River suckerfish and shortnose suckerfish.
This free event will take place this Friday July 22 and Saturday 23 in Chiloquin with a caravan rally to nearby Klamath Falls on Saturday.