A couple died while fleeing the fires in California: their bodies were found in a burned-out car

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A couple died while fleeing the fires in California: their bodies were found in a burned-out car

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The first two victims of the California fires were confirmed this Monday. Photo: AFP

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authorities found the bodies of two people in a charred car in the middle of a California fire, it was reported Monday.

The warm and windy climate, coupled with thunderstorms, threatens to fuel the fires that are raging throughout the region.

A fire in Northern California near the Oregon border spread to nearly 87 square miles (225 square kilometers) after it broke out in the Klamath National Forest on Friday, firefighters said. It is the largest fire in California so far this year. and so far the authorities have not been able to find out the cause.

California is experiencing its largest wildfire so far this year.  Photo: AFP

California is experiencing its largest wildfire so far this year. Photo: AFP

The vehicle with the two dead inside was found Sunday morning in the driveway of a residence near the remote Klamath River community, Siskiyou County police said in a statement.

Apparently the couple became trapped by the flames when he was trying to escape, Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue told ABC.

Almost 5,000 homes in Northern California they are threatened and an unknown number was burned, said Adrienne Freeman, a spokeswoman for the US Forest Service.

The fire is causing severe losses in the region.  Photo: AFP

The fire is causing severe losses in the region. Photo: AFP

Flames and smoke turned the sky orange and brown over a neighborhood where a chimney stood amidst debris and charred vehicles on Sunday. The flames covered the trees along Highway 96 and went up the hills, not far from some houses.

Valerie Linfoot’s son, who works for the fire department, called to tell her that the house the family lived in for three decades had been burned to the ground. Linfoot said her husband worked for the Ranger Service for years and that they did everything they could to protect the house, including building a metal roof and cutting grass and trees around the property.

The remains of a ship devastated by flames in the California region, in the midst of the largest fire on record to date in 2022. Photo: AFP

The remains of a ship devastated by flames in the California region, in the midst of the largest fire on record to date in 2022. Photo: AFP

“We protected it as much as possible, but it was so hot, so dry, that the fire spread rapidlyLinfoot told the Bay Area News Group. He added that many of his neighbors had also lost their homes.

Firefighters were trying to prevent the flames from reaching Yreka, a town of about 7,500 inhabitants. The fire was approximately 6.4 kilometers (4 miles) away.

With AP information

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