At least 60 Pacific Crest Trail hikers rescued as McKinney fire bears down

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Dozens of hikers were rescued from the Pacific Crest Trail over the weekend as the McKinney fire continues to ravage Northern California’s Klamath National Forest.

Sixty people were rescued Saturday afternoon on the California side of the trail at Red Buttes Wilderness, officials with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon said. The evacuation was an assist with the Siskiyou County sheriff’s search and rescue team.

“The difference with the hikers on the trail is they’re not as mobile,” Jackson County sheriff’s public information officer Aaron Lewis said. “[We] went to trailheads near roads and started gathering hikers. They weren’t necessarily in immediate danger.”

The hikers were transported from Road Junction 1055 to Seattle Bar at Applegate Lake before being taken to Medford or Ashland, Oregon authorities said.

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