The nation’s biggest wildfire burned nearly half a mile of arid forest in Oregon and forced the evacuation of a wildlife research facility Monday after firefighters withdrew from the blaze for the ninth day in a row because of erratic and dangerous wildfire behavior.

“We are running firefighting operations through the day and all through the night,”Joe Hessel

“We are running firefighting operations through the day and all through the night,” Fire Operations Administrator Joe Hessel said.

The devastating bootleg fire in southwest Oregon, north of the California border, has been growing to more than 476 square miles, roughly the size of Los Angeles.

The fire, 25% contained, has burned at least 67 homes and 100 buildings and threatens tens of thousands other in a remote countryside of forests, lakes and wildlife refuges.

The Tamarack fire had scorched about 36 square kilometers (30 square miles) by Monday.

“With the very dry fuels, any thunderstorm has the potential to ignite new fire starts,” the National meteorological service posted on Twitter in Sacramento, California.

In the Pacific northwest alone, at least 16 large fires were being fought, the Forest Service said.

Pacific Gas & Electric Equipment could have been a contributor at the outbreak of the Dixie fire, the nation’s biggest utility, reported to California regulators.

Walla Walla River

The Walla Walla River is a tributary of the Columbia River, joining the Columbia just above Wallula Gap in southeastern Washington in the United States. The river flows through Umatilla County, (wikipedia)

Walla Walla, Washington

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Walla Walla is the largest city and county seat of Walla Walla County, Washington, United States. It had a population of 31,731 at the 2010 census, estimated to have increased to 32,900 as of 2019. (wikipedia)

Walla Walla, New South Wales

Walla Walla or Wallawalla is a town in Greater Hume Shire Council in New South Wales, Australia. It is about 39 kilometres north of Albury-Wodonga and 130 kilometres south of Wagga Wagga. (wikipedia)

Barry Point Fire

The Barry Point Fire was a wildfire that burned over 92,977 acres of Oregon and California forest land during the summer of 2012. The fire began on 5 August 2012, the result of a lightning strike. (wikipedia)

Tubbs Fire

The Tubbs Fire was a wildfire in Northern California during October 2017. At the time, the Tubbs Fire was the most destructive wildfire in California history, burning parts of Napa, Sonoma, (wikipedia)

Camp Fire (2018)

The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history, and the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 in terms of insured losses. (wikipedia)

Santiam Fire

The Santiam Fire was a very large wildfire that burned in Marion, Jefferson, Linn, and Clackamas Counties, in northwest Oregon, United States. Having ignited in August of 2020, the 402, (wikipedia)