California, as firefighters raced to contain the blaze amid searing temperatures and impending thunderstorms.
The McKinney fire in northern California, which has grown into California’s largest this year, is one of several large fires burning across the US west and one of several concurrent extreme weather events battering the region.
The fire exploded in size over the weekend in a largely unpopulated area in the Klamath national forest, just south of the Oregon state line. Flames had scorched more than 55,000 acres by Monday morning, according to officials.
Despite a massive firefighting effort, the blaze was 0% contained. Crews on the ground worked to keep the fire from moving east into the town of Yreka, home to 7,500 people. Thousands of people in the area had been told to evacuate.
The two victims were found inside a charred vehicle stopped in a residential driveway, the local sheriff’s office said. The victims were not immediately identified...0