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.

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