Oregon Wildfire Displaces 2,000 Residents As Blazes Flare Across West

"KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon - Hand crews backed by water-dropping helicopters struggled on Thursday to suppress a huge wildfire that displaced roughly 2,000 residents in southern Oregon, the largest among dozens of blazes raging across the drought-stricken western United States.

The Bootleg fire has charred more than 227,000 acres (91,860 hectares) of desiccated timber and brush in and around the Fremont-Winema National Forest since erupting on July 6 about 250 miles (400 km) south of Portland.

That total, exceeding the land mass of New York City, was 12,000 acres higher than Wednesday’s tally. Strike teams have carved containment lines around 7% of the fires’s perimeter, up from 5% a day earlier, but Incident Commander Joe Hessel said the blaze would continue to expand."

Deborah Bloom reports for Reuters July 15, 2021.


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Source: Reuters, 07/16/2021