Piracy fires in Oregon are now one-third the area of ??Rhode Island, and thousands of people have been evacuated to escape the country’s largest fire.
Since the fire started burning on July 6, it has burned more than 300,000 acres of land and is one of the largest fires in the United States. OregonHistory.
The fire has destroyed an area larger than the city angel, Because more than 2,000 firefighters are trying to control it.
The Bootleg Fire burns in and around the Fremont-Vinemar National Forest, about 300 miles from Portland, the state’s largest city.
In the past two weeks, at least 2,000 families have been evacuated at some point, and as the fire spreads, thousands more may need to be evacuated.
Fortunately, there are no reports of deaths.
However, significant damage has been caused. At least 160 houses and buildings were destroyed.
However, James Johnston, a researcher at the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, pointed out that if it were not burning in such a remote area, a fire of this scale could cause damage.
“If the fire happened in a densely populated area of ??California, it has now destroyed thousands of houses,” he said.
“But it is burning in one of the remote areas of the 48 contiguous states of the United States. This is not the Bay Area.”
The fire is “changing the weather”
Due to strong winds, the fire now seems to be spreading rapidly to the north and east, and to more and more remote areas.
Johnston said: “Piracy fires are threatening ranch houses in remote areas.” “There are no suburbs in that area.”
Marcus Kauffman, spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Forestry Tell the New York Times The fire is so big, it is creating its own weather.
“The fire is so big, it generates so much energy and extreme heat that it is changing the weather,” he said.
“Usually the weather predicts what will happen to the fire. In this case, the fire predicts what will happen to the weather.”
The extreme heat and intensity of the fire can force the wind to bypass it, form clouds, and even produce a hot vortex called a “fire tornado”.
Piracy fires and other fires across the United States are creating an unusually active start to the wildfire season in the western United States.
In recent weeks, much of the western United States has also been dealing with record-breaking heat waves.