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Forest fires cause evacuation along the west coast and unclear conditions as far as the east coast


Fires have caused power outages, destroyed structures and prompted the deployment of the Oregon National Guard.

In Oregon – where eight fires have burned nearly 475,000 acres – officials said the current fire season is unlike anything they have seen before.

“I will categorize this fire season so far historically in terms of the amount of resources we have deployed, how many times we have deployed – within a period of three weeks we have mobilized for six fires – and this is the earliest and most significant mobilization to date, ”said Mariana Ruiz-Temple with the Oregon Fire Marshall’s office Tuesday.

At least 1.29 million acres have been burned in 83 major fires in 13 states as of Tuesday, according to an update from the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). More than 19,000 firefighters in the wilderness and support staff are deployed to deal with the fire.

Advice on increased fire potential and activity has been issued across Idaho, California, Oregon and the Northern Rockies, according to NIFC.

The effects of fires extend all the way to the east coast. Extraordinary clouds of fire smoke billow out of these massive complexes and reach so far into the atmosphere that they are transported thousands of miles east by high-level winds.

It is not only fires in the United States that contribute to the smoky fog. The Canadian province of British Columbia declared a state of emergency due to fires there that take effect Wednesday. Nearly 300 active forest fires have been reported in the province.

Bootleg Fire is the largest in the country

In Oregon, record-breaking triple-digit temperatures and severe droughts have devastated parts of the state.

The conditions promote the Bootleg fire in southern Oregon, which is the largest burning wildfire in the country. Bootleg Fire has burned 388,360 acres and requested evacuation with only 32% containment, according to Inciweb, the U.S. clearing house for information on wildfires.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown cited recent fires, ice storms, record highs and droughts as evidence that climate change is affecting her condition.

“There is absolutely no doubt that climate change is playing out before our eyes,” Brown said at a news conference Tuesday. “We experienced the heat dome incident a few weeks ago; we unfortunately lost many Oregons through this event. In February, we saw devastating ice storms, over half a million people lost power last fall, as you are aware; we I have had unprecedented forest fires. “

Researchers are concerned about how quickly the climate crisis has intensified extreme weather
Fire potential in the state is driven by drought conditions, with 90% of Oregon in either extraordinary, extreme or severe drought, said Doug Grafe, chief of fire protection at the Oregon Department of Forestry, as he predicted a “long, difficult fire season.”

He said it is possible that another 50,000 to 100,000 acres could burn before Bootleg Fire is contained.

“The future for us for the rest of the season still looks beyond normal dry and above normal temperatures,” said Graffe. “So this will not return to normal at any time.”

CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said red flag warnings in the area continue through Wednesday, signaling dry and windy conditions with plenty of smoke. After Thursday, the sky disappears, which can help slow the spread of the fire.

As a result of fires, 62 members of the Oregon National Guard have been deployed along with Blackhawk helicopters to provide water drops, fire spotting and medivac support, said Major General Michael E. Stencel, adjutant general of the Oregon National Guard.

In addition to feeding fires, Oregon’s hot, dry conditions also affect Christmas trees grown in the state.

“It’s killing them,” said Jacob Hemphill, a Christmas tree farmer in Clackamas County, about the relentless heat this summer. “It’s awful, we can do nothing.”

Unusually hot temperatures and severe drought this year have caused irreversible burns on many trees, resulting in fewer trees to choose from this coming holiday season as well as potentially higher prices, the manufacturers said.

California’s Dixie Fire may have been triggered by electrical equipment

Further south, the Dixie Fire burned more than 61,376 acres in Butte County, California, after setting fire on July 13, according to Inciweb. It is approx. 15% contained.
Butte County is the site of California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire of 2018, Camp Fire. It burned a total of 153,336 acres, destroyed 18,804 structures and killed 85 people.

The Dixie fire is so intense that it produced a thunderstorm, incident meteorologist Julia Ruthford said in a briefing Monday night. “The fire actually generated a thunderstorm over itself that led to some lightning out in front of it and some really violent and erratic winds due to the extreme, extreme conditions due to thunderstorms overhead,” she said.

Evacuation has been ordered in the area and the fire already destroyed two structures and threatens more than 800 others.

This firefighter in California has been at work for 25 years.  He has seen first hand how forest fires have worsened
On Tuesday, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) said the fire may have been triggered by equipment it manages.

In a preliminary filing with the California Public Utilities Commission, PG&E detailed an outage alert on July 13, the same day the fire started. A responding aid worker found three blown fuses and a tree leaning into a pole with a small fire on the ground near the base of the tree.

The fire was reported to authorities, and California Fire and Protection sent firefighters from the air to put out the flames, which had jumped from an initial estimate of 1-2 acres to 10-15, according to filing.

Since then, the fire has grown exponentially and burned in “remote areas with limited access and steep terrain,” said Cal Fire, who is blocking access from the land crew.

In a Press release issued Tuesday night, Cal Fire said Dixie Fire would be active overnight and additional firefighting resources would arrive on the scene.
Near the California-Nevada border, the Tamarack Fire has grown to nearly 39,045 after triggering July 4, according to information from InciWeb.

A lightning strike near Alpine County, California, the community of Markleeville, started the fire, which triggered mandatory evacuation of a number of campgrounds and neighborhoods in the area and led to roadblocks.

CNN’s Chris Boyette, Brisa Colon, Cheri Mossburg, Melissa Alonso, Andy Rose and Kendall Lanier contributed to this report.



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