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