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US Wildfires have already burned one million acres of land

Bootleg Fire Information

Wildfires are burning across much of the West and weather conditions stand to worsen an already dire situation as huge areas of land go up in flames.

Posted: Jul 17, 2021 2:17 PM
Updated: Jul 17, 2021 2:39 PM



Bootleg Fire Information

Dry thunderstorms on Saturday will raise the risk of sparking new wildfires in the Western US, where numerous blazes have already scorched hundreds of thousands of acres.

Red-flag warnings were posted for Idaho, Oregon and a small portion of Northern California, CNN meteorologist Robert Shackelford said. And heat advisories and heat warnings were in effect for parts of Montana and Idaho, with some areas seeing temperatures as high as 106 degrees.

As of Saturday, 70 large fires in 12 states -- most of them in the Western -- had burned more than a million acres across the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

With 379,130 acres burned, Oregon has seen the most land charred by far, thanks in large part to the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon. It's the largest wildfire in the United States this year, having scorched 281,208 acres as of Saturday morning, per InciWeb, the US clearinghouse for wildfire information.

The blaze, which began July 6 in the Fremont-Winema National Forest and on private lands near the town of Sprague River, is spreading at an average rate of 1,000 acres per hour, per Shackelford -- equal to a football field every 5 seconds -- and is 22% contained. More than 2,100 personnel are battling the fire.

Evacuations have been ordered for communities in the area, while others have been told to be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

Approximately 2,000 people have been evacuated so far, according to a spokesperson for the agencies fighting the blaze, which is threatening more than 5,000 homes. The spokesperson told CNN the Bootleg Fire has already destroyed at least 75 structures, including 21 homes.

"This fire is large and moving so fast, every day it progress four to five miles," Incident Commander Joe Hassel said in a statement shared on a Facebook page sharing information on the fire.

Dry conditions are expected to exacerbate the fire. A red flag warning is in place until at least 8 p.m. local time Saturday, meaning that critical fire conditions are anticipated.

"The very dry and unstable conditions will continue to support extreme fire behavior with locally generated erratic and gusty winds," the National Weather Service said in an update Friday.

The Bootleg Fire is one of nine wildfires burning in the state, per the National Interagency Fire Center. Gov. Kate Brown on Saturday mobilized state teams to fight a new one, the Elbow Creek Fire, in northeast Oregon, near the community of Troy. The state fire marshal's office also said it was reassigning three task forces currently battling the Grandview Fire to the Elbow Creek Fire.

The fire was first reported Thursday and has already burned about 10,000 acres in the Umatilla National Forest, InciWeb shows. The Wallowa County Sheriff's Office issued an evacuation notice around Troy.

California has lost the second-highest number of acres, but with 161,176 acres it's just over half of what Oregon has seen burn.

Fire personnel from Butte County in Northern California are fighting the Dixie Fire, which has grown to 9,847 acres and is just 12% contained, according to an incident update Saturday from Cal Fire. The wildfire, which started early Wednesday, has already injured one person. Evacuation orders are in place for some areas, including High Lakes and Rock Creek to Tobin in Plumas County.

Meantime, the River Fire in Mariposa County is threatening 600 structures, per Cal Fire. One has already been destroyed, along with four other "minor structures." The blaze has burned 9,656 acres and is 64% contained.

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