Authorities have warned more citizens of Oregon to prepare to evacuate because the Bootleg fire burned more than 300,000 acres of land, and a national fire official warned that a major weather event may be needed to extinguish the flames.
According to the National Interagency Fire Protection Center (NIFC), there are currently 80 major wildfires in 13 states in the United States, burning more than 1.1 million acres, mainly in western states. NIFC stated that Montana has reported the largest wildfires, with 18, and Idaho is very close, with 17 of them.
But the biggest fire is Bootleg, which has been burning in the Fremont-Vinema National Forest along the Oregon-California border since July 6. Data show that as of Monday morning, the fire had burned 303,791 acres, with a control rate of 25%. From InciWeb, the American Wildfire Information Exchange.
Hot temperatures has made the blaze even harder to manage. “Weather’s really against us. It’s going to be hot, it’s going to be dry and air’s going to be unstable which helps the heat raise faster, which brings in more air. All things that are negative for firefighters and positive for fire. So it’s going to be a real battle today,” Operations Section Chief John Flannigan said during his Sunday morning briefing.
Fire spokesperson Katy O`Hara told CNN that weather conditions must change to put out the fire.
“We are experiencing extremely dry conditions with record to near record temperatures. Conditions on the ground due in part to the historic drought have accelerated the fire season. The combination of the weather and fuel conditions have led to rapid growth of the fire,” O’Hara said.
Fire spokesperson Daniel Omdal said: “There are some fires currently burning that … will only be extinguished by season-ending snowfall,”
CNN meteorologist Michael Gay said that this week’s weather forecast is not very helpful in containing pirate fires. Temperatures will still be 10-15 degrees higher than normal, droughts will continue, and dry thunderstorms will increase the risk of lightning and strong winds.
Lake County, Oregon, said in a statement on Sunday that it has used its emergency alert system to warn residents of increased smuggling and timber fires. The county warned residents of the Monument Rock area that they were in a “level 2” evacuation state, it said.
At the same time, residents in the communities of Picture Rock Pass, Ana Subdivision, Summer Lake and Paisley and south of Paisley along Clover Flat Road to Moss Pass have been warned of “increased fire hazards in surrounding areas.”
In the preliminary documents submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E detailed the shutdown alert on Tuesday, July 13, the same day the fire started. A utility worker who responded found that three fuses had blown, a tree was leaning on a pole, and there was a small fire on the ground near the root of the tree.
According to reports, the fire has been reported to the authorities, and the California Fire and Protection Agency sent aerial firefighters to extinguish the fire. According to reports, the fire has increased from an initial estimate of 1-2 acres to 10-15 acres.
Cal Fire said that in the following days, the fire increased exponentially, burning in “restricted access and remote areas with steep terrain,” making it difficult for ground crews to enter. Nearly 2,000 firefighters were extinguishing the fire and controlled approximately 15% of the fire, scorching 30,074 acres. PG&E has come under fire for its team’s role in a series of disastrous fires across the state:-Including the Camp Fire in 2018, which was the deadliest fire in state history.