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A large wildfire is growing in the United States and forcing new evacuations

A large wildfire is growing in the United States and forcing new evacuations

As the Bootleg fire spreads to more than 225,000 acres in Fly, Oregon, firefighters are watching their vehicle smoke as they refuel at a local gas station. REUTERS / Mathieu Louis-Rolland

Amid severe temperatures and drought in western America and Canada, The biggest fire to devastate the state of Oregon erupted again this Sunday Authorities ordered new evacuations.

Bootleg, It is the largest of the 80 major fires currently operating in the United States, spreading from about 1,100 km2 to 1,170 km2 overnight, three times the area of ​​the city of Detroit.Officials said.

The evacuations, which already included more than 2,000 people, continued Sunday.

Satellite images of the National Weather Service showed a large plume of smoke up to Bootleg, In southern Oregon, on the Canadian border, hundreds of miles northeast.

But as firefighters are advancing west of Bootleg, Overall fire control has tripled to 22%.

However, heavy winds and widespread thunderstorms are expected.

Said firefighters A fast-growing fire in the Lake Tahoe resort area of ​​California was caused by a lightning strike.

The Tamarak fire, which was triggered by strong winds, has so far covered an area of ​​more than 80 km2.

A firefighter throws flame retardant chemicals into a bootleg fire as it expands to more than 225,000 acres in Plymouth, Oregon.  REUTERS / Mathieu Louis-Rolland
A firefighter throws flame retardant chemicals into a bootleg fire as it expands to more than 225,000 acres in Plymouth, Oregon. REUTERS / Mathieu Louis-Rolland

A small community near Markleville on the Nevada border has been evicted.

Scientists say climate change is exacerbating droughtThis creates the conditions for wildfires to spread.

For the next several hours, the National Interactive Fire Center reported “very hot, dry and unstable weather conditions in the interior of the Pacific Northwest, the northern Rocky Mountains, and the plains in northern Minnesota.”

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Nearly 20,000 firefighters and paramedics are battling the blaze, which is spreading in the western states, He pointed out. More than 10,100 km2 of forest has been burned this year.

Meanwhile, Canadian firefighters battled dozens of fires Sunday, including about 20 new fires in the province of British Columbia and 15 more in the province of Ontario (northwest).

Post-provincial officials said a firefighter died at the hospital from an unspecified “medical emergency.”

(With information from AFP)

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