HORNBROOK, Calif. – As the McKinney Fire continues to explode in the Klamath National Forest, search and rescue teams are rushing to Siskiyou County to get residents to safety.
But with crews so scattered across the county, hikers along the Pacific Crest Trail near the Oregon-California border needed help getting out of the area.
According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, search and rescue teams from their department were called to help bring these hikers to safety.
sergeant. Shawn Richards of Jackson County Search & Rescue told NewsWatch 12 that at least 60 hikers have been rescued so far. He also advised that although the hikers were not in immediate danger, with the McKinney Fire spreading rapidly and smoke in the area reducing visibility levels to around 20ft, it was best to rescue these hikers and bring them put in safety.
According to Sgt. Richards, search and rescue teams transported the hikers to Seattle Bar, where Rogue Valley Transportation buses are waiting to take them to safety away from the blaze.