Wildfires prompt evacuations along the West Coast and hazy conditions as far as the East Coast
July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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MARKLEEVILLE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - 2021/07/17: The Tamarack fire burns along the road. The Tamarack fire continues to burn through more than 21,000 acres and is currently 0% contained. It was started by a lightning strike. (Photo by Ty O'Neil/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Extreme heat and dry conditions are fueling raging wildfires in the western US, charring more than a million acres, requiring evacuations and creating smoky conditions visible from space.
In Oregon -- where eight fires have burned nearly 475,000 acres -- officials said the current fire season is unlike any they've seen before.
At least 1. 29 million acres have burned in 83 large fires across 13 states as of Tuesday, according to an update from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).
The conditions are fueling the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon, which is the largest burning wildfire in the country.
Fire potential in the state is being driven by drought conditions, with 90% of the Oregon in either exceptional, extreme or severe drought, Doug Grafe, Chief of Fire Protection at the Oregon Department of Forestry said while forecasting a "long, difficult fire season. "
He said it's possible that another 50,000 to 100,000 acres could burn before the Bootleg Fire is contained.
In addition to feeding fires, Oregon's hot, dry conditions are also impacting Christmas trees grown in the state.
Further south, the Dixie Fire has burned more than 61,376 acres in Butte County, California, after igniting on July 13, according to Inciweb.