Photos: The McKinney fire rages along the Northern California border

A doe and fawn forage in the burn zone of the McKinney fire near Yreka.
(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)
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The McKinney fire is burning through heavy, drought-stressed timber in steep terrain in the Klamath National Forest west of Yreka, said Caroline Quintanilla, a spokesperson for the U.S. Forest Service.

It’s shaping up to be the most dangerous fire so far this season in California, threatening multiple communities. The U.S. Forest Service estimated the fire had grown to 55,493 acres with 0% containment.

“It happened so fast,” said Sherri Marchetti-Perrault, embracing James Benton.
“It happened so fast,” said Sherri Marchetti-Perrault, embracing James Benton. “We left with the clothes on our back. We couldn’t breathe and we couldn’t see.”
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Sherri Marchetti-Perrault and James Benton embrace as they sift through the remains of their home near Yreka, Calif.
(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)
A metal sculpture of Bigfoot welcomes visitors to the tiny community of Happy Camp in the Klamath Forest.
A metal sculpture of Bigfoot welcomes visitors to the tiny community of Happy Camp in the Klamath Forest. The McKinney fire has charred more than 51,000 acres and killed four people in the area.
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People look at the ruins of a home in the Mckinney Fire.
James Benton, left, shows a Sheriff’s deputy the remains of his uncle, John Cogan, whom Benton believes perished in the McKinney fire as it burned their home along Highway 96 near Yreka over the weekend.
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A search and rescue worker looks through the remains of a home.
(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)
Smoke obscures the sun as it sets on the burn zone of the McKinney fire near Yreka.
Smoke obscures the sun as it sets on the burn zone of the McKinney fire near Yreka. The fire has charred more than 55,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes and structures.
(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)
A fire truck drives Saturday along Highway 96 as the McKinney fire burns in Klamath National Forest.
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Chris Tierc and his mom, Melody Barnett, rest at a Red Cross shelter in Weed, Calif., on Monday.
Chris Tierc and his mom, Melody Barnett, rest at a Red Cross shelter in Weed, Calif., on Monday.
(Noah Berger / Associated Press)
A woman stands near a house as wildfire burns a nearby ridge.
Angela Crawford watches the McKinney fire from her home in Klamath National Forest on Saturday.
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A man and his dog run to a truck near a wildfire.
A man runs to a truck as the McKinney fire burns in Klamath National Forest on Saturday.
(Noah Berger / Associated Press)
Trees go up in flames from a wildfire
Flames from the McKinney fire consume trees Saturday along Highway 96 in Klamath National Forest.
(Noah Berger / Associated Press)
A horse looks up from grazing with smoke in the background.
A horse grazes in a pasture as the McKinney fire burns Saturday in Klamath National Forest.
(Noah Berger / Associated Press)
Homes, cars and trees are charred in a smoky landscape.
Charred homes and vehicles are left from the McKinney fire in Klamath National Forest.
(Noah Berger / Associated Press)
A woman outside a house framed by a burning ridge nearby.
Angela Crawford planned Saturday to stay with her husband and defend their home from the McKinney fire.
(Noah Berger / Associated Press)