A fierce fire spread through southeastern Oregon Saturday morning, filled with dangerous “clouds of fire” that carried heat and spread embers over the drought-stricken region.
Bootleg fires are now bigger than the New York City area, Associated Press reported. Active flames, driven by strong winds, are rising 200 miles around the perimeter of the fire.
It’s just 22 percent contained, US Forest Service data shows, and is expected to merge into another fire nearby by nightfall. While the oppressive heat that blankets the Pacific Northwest has subsided, the National Weather Service still has a “red flag” for the region, warning that dry air and afternoon winds are “increasing for parts of the region.” important situation”.
The fire has forced 2,000 people to evacuate and threatened 5,000 buildings in a largely rural area north of the California border, firefighters spokeswoman Holly Craik told the AP. It destroyed 67 homes and 117 other buildings in one county on Thursday night, with damage assessments continuing in another county.
The bootleg fire is the largest of the 70 major wildfires spread over 1 million acres in 12 states. National Interagency Fire Center, which compiles statistics on wildfires across the country.
It is one of 10 in Oregon alone, including the Elbow Creek fire in the northeastern part of the state. The Oregonian told Roaming 10,000 acres of grassland since Thursday, ordered evacuations for nearby communities.
Should the bootleg coincide with the expected cutoff fire, the system would then be referred to as a “complex” fire. The largest such fire burning now is the Snake River Complex fire, which burned 102,866 acres on the Oregon-Idaho border.