While hot, dry weather continues to fuel wildfires over large parts of the United States, the Bootleg Fire in Oregon has become so intense that it generates its own weather.
Large parts of southern and western New York remain at risk from wildfires on Tuesday with nearly 3.5 million people under red flags, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service’s meteorological forecast page.
Over 337.000 people remain warned of excessive heat warnings, in addition to almost 650.000 more being under heatwave warning.
It was one of at least eight major fires in Oregon and one of at least 83 that continue to burn in 13 states, the National Interagency Fire Center said.
Bootleg fire alters the climate
Wildfires have ravaged parts of the U.S. Southwest while the West Coast remains locked in a heatwave.
The bootleg fire started July 6 in Fremont-Winema National Forest near the California border and has so far generated no damage.
More than 2.000 people have been evacuated from their homes, according to fire service spokeswoman Sarah Gracey.
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
🌡 Much of the Northwest is under heat and fire related warnings today as a persistent upper-level ridge draws warm and dry air into the region. Parts of the Northern Plains, which are under an Excessive Heat Warning, may break high temperature records today. pic.twitter.com/8H6nzcyjSf
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) July 19, 2021