Several wildfires are still burning Oregon, Because approximately 2,000 residents have been displaced by the fire, including some of the largest fires currently destroying multiple states on the west coast of the United States.
According to Reuters, more than 1,700 firefighters are currently dealing with multiple wildfires in Oregon, as more than a dozen helicopters have been assigned to work with officials trying to control the fire.
The largest fire in the state, Bootleg Fire is one of the nine fires currently burning in the state. It has so far destroyed 227,235 acres, which is only 7% at the time of writing. According to the federal InciWeb wildfire tracking website.
Although the fire has so far destroyed 21 houses and 54 buildings and threatened about 2,000 houses, no one has died as a result of the fire.
InciWeb wrote: “Due to hot, dry and breezy conditions, and fire behavior dominated by smoke plumes, fires are still very active, with a significant increase in area.
“Poor humidity recovery at night has caused fires to spread actively at night. The fuel affected by the drought is generating a strong rate of spread. A similar situation is expected in the next few days.”
The fire covers an area of approximately 355 square miles, which is currently more than five times the size of Washington, D.C., and about one-fifth the size of the Grand Canyon National Park.
Bootleg Fire is just one of 71 active wildfires currently burning in the United States, because uncontrolled fires have destroyed less than 1 million acres. According to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Most of the fires in the country occurred in Idaho, Montana and Arizona, but several other states, including Oregon and Washington Was also severely affected Summer heat waves and droughts Attacked the west coast.
The nine fires currently burning in Oregon are an increase from the six reported on Wednesday, while Idaho has 17 affected areas and Montana has 12 affected areas.
Oregon and Washington State have currently recorded four fires and entered disaster preparedness level 5 on Wednesday. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, this means that they may experience “complex wildfire incidents, which may deplete national wild fire fighting resources.” .”
On Wednesday morning, the National Guard was also deployed in Oregon to help with road closures and traffic control in fire-affected areas, as residents across the state were told to evacuate.
Earlier this week, Tim McCully, one of the evacuees, told Reuters that officials informed him and his family that “if you don’t leave, you will die” because “sparks and embers are in him Falling outside the house”.
Images taken from Wednesday to Thursday by satellites managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States show that the fire from space is growing because the smoke in the photo covers most of the west coast.
“#BootlegFire in Oregon showed explosive growth last night, and here I saw #smoke and #pyrocumulusclouds@NOAA#GOES17Satellite,” the agency posted footage of the spread of smoke on Twitter.
Compared with this in 2019 and 2020, the area of fires across the United States has increased even more this year. According to data from the National Inter-Agency Fire Center, the country has recorded 34,411 fires, and the area affected between January 1 and July 15, 2021 is 2,255,218 acres.
In comparison, there were 28,231 fires and 1,731,324 acres during this period in 2020, and 22,845 fires and 2,176,774 acres occurred in 2019.
As the public information officer of the Northwest Incident Management Team10, the fire is expected to continue to cause problems in Oregon for several months tell Weekly newspaper Earlier this week, the estimated containment date for Bootleg Fire was set to November.
The control date has been set for later this year, because officials expect that once the fire is fully controlled, “a lot of cleanup, repair and restoration work will be carried out.”