20 wildfires in Northern California prompt evacuations in searing heat
The big picture: Red flag warnings and heat alerts were in effect as firefighters battled 20 wildfires that lightning from thunderstorms ignited Monday in the Klamath National Forest, as Redding, Northern, Calif., hit a daily record high of 112°F Wednesday.
- The "most significant activity" in the cluster of blazes, known as the 2023 Klamath National Forest August Lightning Fires, was in Siskiyou County, where the Head fire was burning near the scar of the McKinney fire that killed four people in 2022.
Of note: While the other blazes were quite small, the Head fire had razed up to 4,000 acres on Wednesday, per Inciweb — which noted firefighters were facing "an extremely dynamic situation across the forest."
- Evacuation orders and warnings were in effect for multiple communities near the Head fire on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, per the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.
By the numbers: The Klamath National Forest blaze was one of three large fires burning across California Wednesday, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
- Nine large fires were each burning in New Mexico and Montana, five were burning in Arizona and three were each burning in Colorado and Washington, per the NIFC.