The Bootleg fire in Oregon that has destroyed more than 150 buildings and displaced several thousand people is so large that according to officials, it may not have been completely extinguished until November.
A 2018 video shows a fire tornado passing under California’s Carr Fire.
The fire could not be completely extinguished until widespread humidity fell across the whole area in late October or November, Fire Department spokeswoman Katy O’Hara told The Washington Post.
Heat waves and droughts caused by climate change, along with strong winds, promote and make it more difficult to control fires, the BBC is told.
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The bootleg fire is so big it has been creating its own weather at times – tall pyrocumulus clouds of condensed moisture, absorbed by the pillar of smoke in the Fire by scorched vegetation and surrounding air.
Eventually the clouds caused fire tornadoes of heat, ash, smoke, and high winds, killing one firefighter, according to CNBC.
These clouds can generate lightning storms and strong winds, which can ignite new fires and distribute flames.
Preliminary analysis concludes the Pacific NW heat wave was a 1,000-year event and would have been virtually impossible without global warming. But that doesn't mean such events will become common any time soon. https://t.co/fV0918QIWK pic.twitter.com/IRCTqvdMEj
— NOAA Climate.gov (@NOAAClimate) July 20, 2021
UPDATE: @NOAA's #GOES17🛰️ continues to monitor Oregon's #BootlegFire from 22,300 miles up, seen here last evening as it was flaring up. The #wildfire has spread to more than 270,000 acres and officials believe it won't be fully contained until November. #ORwx pic.twitter.com/SL4Am43LLY
— NOAA Satellites – Public Affairs (@NOAASatellitePA) July 17, 2021
UPDATE: Oregon's #BootlegFire continues to expand in size, seen here yesterday afternoon and evening from @NOAA's #GOES17🛰️. According to @inciweb, the #wildfire had grown to 300,000+ acres and was just 25% contained at last report. #ORwx pic.twitter.com/1cUiTMMmDx
— NOAA Satellites – Public Affairs (@NOAASatellitePA) July 19, 2021