A wildfire sweeping the drought-stridden state of Oregon in the US has spread to such a size it is encroaching the size of LA and generating its own weather.
Extreme heat and drought have fueled raging wildfires across the Western United States that have charred more than a million acres of land, required evacuations, and created an atmosphere of smoke visible from space.
“The Bootleg” according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, has been by far the biggest of 80 major active wildfires that have raked over 1.2 million acres in 13 states along the way.
Bootleg Fire Is the Biggest Fire in the Country
“The fire is so large and generating so much energy and extreme heat that it’s changing the weather,”Marcus Kauffman
“The fire is so large and generating so much energy and extreme heat that it’s changing the weather,” said Marcus Kauffman, a state Forest Service spokesman.
The conditions have fueled the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon, the country’s biggest firefighting wildfire.
A lightning strike near Alpine County, Calif., and in the community of Markleeville, triggered the fire, triggering mandatory evacuations for a string of campgrounds and residential areas in the area and leading to road closures.
Evacuations have been ordered in that area, and a fire has already destroyed two buildings and threatened more than 800.
You've probably noticed the persistent hazy skies as of late. Turns out we're not the only ones seeing this – smoke from wildfires is covering much of the lower 48. Here's a map from https://t.co/ZMSroBUb5X showing the latest conditions and air quality across the US. #sdwx #mnwx pic.twitter.com/7hHLghPpkI
— NWS Aberdeen (@NWSAberdeen) July 20, 2021
— CAL FIRE Butte Unit/Butte County Fire Department (@CALFIRE_ButteCo) July 21, 2021
As the sun sets across the central and eastern United States this evening, smoky skies fill the horizon due to distant wildfires burning across western Canada and the Intermountain West.🌇 pic.twitter.com/SCGbP9khVK
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) July 19, 2021
A happy, hazy hump day!
Smoke from the Western wildfires is continuing to invade our skies this morning.
An advancing cold front generates scattered showers and thunderstorms later today, and a few may be severe. Good news is the front helps clear our skies out some tonight. pic.twitter.com/u7jIWmyX3z
— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) July 21, 2021