The Bootleg fire in southern Oregon is now 976 square miles and largely untouched, authorities say.
Forecasts said dry, unstable and windy conditions will continue to fuel a large forest fire in the state of Oregon in the United States, while firefighters are battling the largely uncontrolled fire that is now larger than the New Orleans area. York.
More than 2,100 firefighters were again fighting to contain the vast Bootleg fire that raged in southern Oregon, near the California border, while some were forced to withdraw when the fire spread in the middle of the quarter. intense summer heat wave.
California, hit by its own fires, vowed to send firefighters to help in Oregon.
An initial review Friday showed the Bootleg Fire destroyed 67 houses and 117 outbuildings during the night in a county, while forcing 2000 people to evacuate. Another 5,000 buildings, including smaller homes and structures in a rural area just north of the California border, are also under threat, fire spokeswoman Holly Krake said.
Active flames grow 322km (200 miles) long from the perimeter of the fire, he said, and are expected to melt with a smaller, but equally explosive fire at night.
The Bootleg fireplace is now 976 square miles (377 square miles) – larger than the New York City area – and remains only seven percent controlled, according to the site InciWeb.
“(U) fire remains very active with significant surface growth due to hot, dry and windy conditions,” the official site said.
“We are likely to continue to see the growth of fire over miles and miles of active fire line,” Krake said. “We continue to add thousands of acres a day, and it has the potential every day, waiting for weekends, to continue those three to four miles.”
A red flag weather warning has been issued for the area until Saturday evening.
“We had record heat, and only the worst possible conditions at the time,” Suzanne Flory, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Forest Service, told the Oregonian newspaper.
Extreme heat and drought conditions have fueled fires in the western United States and Canada in recent weeks – and have expanded firefighting resources to their limits.
Canada has brought in about 100 firefighters from Mexico to reinforce its exhausted counterparts in northwestern Ontario, provincial authorities have said.
Canadian officials predict high temperatures in the coming days from Alberta to Ontario – even nothing like the record 121 degrees Fahrenheit (49.6 degrees Celsius) recorded near Vancouver three weeks ago.
That heat wave has contributed to hundreds of deaths only in British Columbia, authorities said.
Meanwhile, air quality alerts have been issued in four western provinces of Canada.
Scientists say current heat waves would have been “virtually impossible” without man-made climate change.