Conditions complicate wildfire fight

Winds and lightning added to the dangers of fighting the nation's largest wildfire in Oregon. Thousands have been ordered to evacuate.


National News

July 19, 2021 - 10:06 AM

A fast-moving wildfire that erupted Friday, July 16, 2021 in Alpine County is burning on the outskirts of Markleeville and has prompted the evacuation of several hundred residents. (U.S. Forest Service/TNS)

BLY, Ore. (AP) — Erratic winds and dry lightning added to the dangers for crews battling the nation’s largest wildfire today in parched Oregon forests, just one of dozens burning across several Western states.

The destructive Bootleg Fire, one of the largest in modern Oregon history, has already burned more than 476 square miles  an area about the size of Los Angeles. 

The blaze just north of the California state line was 25% contained as of today.

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