Critical fire weather could affect containment efforts on McKinney Fire

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As crews continue to build containment lines around the McKinney Fire, a National Weather Service red flag warning will make for challenging conditions Monday.

“Firefighters are keeping their heads on a swivel with the red flag warning in effect, expecting periods of critical weather conditions across Northern California,” the U.S. Forest said in its daily update.

Officials caution that the critical fire weather could affect fire-suppression efforts “as hot and dry afternoons, along with winds, could make control efforts difficult.”

The red flag warning is in effect until 11 p.m. Monday.

As of Monday morning, the McKinney Fire had burned 60,379 acres. Containment was still at 40%, the Forest Service said.

The McKinney Fire, the state’s largest wildfire to date this year, broke out July 29 near the community of Klamath River. Driven by strong winds that came up in the evening during the first day of the blaze, the fire destroyed an estimated 132 buildings, including 87 homes.

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