The fire was 30% under control Monday, according to Oregon Forest Department spokesman Marcus Kaufman. There was a fire in an area larger than Los Angeles. Heat and drought make it difficult to fight fires.
The fires are so big, they generate a lot of energy and intense heat that changes the weather. (…]Weather usually causes a fire to break out. In this case, it is the fire that determines the weather, Kaufman confirmed, citing CNN.
As he added, Bootleg is the third largest fire in the state’s history. The Long Cloud Fire in 2012 affected more than 225,000 hectares and was the largest in Oregon by 1900.
Citing state fire authorities, CNN notes that the Bootleg “spreads aggressively with the development of the pyrocumuli” that originates from the fire. These clouds cause thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and strong winds.
The third largest fire in state history, named after Bootleg Spring in Lynn County, broke out on July 6 in the Fremont-Winema National Forest near the Oregon-California border. Forced to evacuate more than 2000. people.
Sarah Gracie of the Fire Information Bureau noted that 67 homes were damaged. The fire also destroyed 117 smaller buildings, such as huts and garages.
The fire rate averaged more than 445 hectares per hour for more than 13 consecutive days, a rate that would have burned Central Park in New York in just 45 minutes. Michael Jay, a meteorologist at CNN, said there appears to be little hope of progress in fighting the fire as wind gusts of up to 40 km/h are expected in the next few days.
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