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World California's Dixie Fire rages as temperatures expected to rise across US

17:52  24 july  2021
17:52  24 july  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

‘Out of Control’: Wildfire Ravaging Oregon Is Now the Size of Los Angeles

  ‘Out of Control’: Wildfire Ravaging Oregon Is Now the Size of Los Angeles The Bootleg Fire in Oregon, which erupted in early July and is still only 25 percent contained, has now charred an area the size of Los Angeles, destroying at least 67 homes and 100 buildings. Smoke and heat from the out-of-control blaze have created “fire clouds” that can be seen from more than 100 miles away. One of the clouds threw embers onto fire crews working below, leading to an emergency evacuation of personnel off the fire line. Numerous “slop fires” have jumped fire lines, with one growing to about four miles in size as of Monday afternoon.

California's Dixie Fire, the largest wildfire burning in the western state, has jumped to 167,430 acres.

The fire, which is just 18% contained, was started 10 days ago, though the cause is still under investigation by Cal Fire.

As firefighters worked to battle the Dixie Fire's flames in Butte and Plumas counties, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Friday for Plumas, Butte, Lassen and Alpine counties -- where fires have collectively destroyed homes, forced evacuations and damaged critical infrastructure.

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Blaze defies US firefighters, power firm under scrutiny

  Blaze defies US firefighters, power firm under scrutiny The large wildfire scorching the western US state of Oregon topped 300,000 acres Monday as it emerged a California power company linked to previous deadly fires may be responsible for a new blaze. Oregon's giant Bootleg Fire has triggered over 2,100 evacuations and destroyed 67 homes in nearly two weeks of explosive growth, regularly forcing back firefighters who have only contained one quarter of its perimeter. "We are running firefightingOregon's giant Bootleg Fire has triggered over 2,100 evacuations and destroyed 67 homes in nearly two weeks of explosive growth, regularly forcing back firefighters who have only contained one quarter of its perimeter.

Newsom said the wildfires were causing "conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property."

His proclamation opens the way for more state support.

The Dixie Fires is just one of the more than 83 fires and complexes that have burned 1,366,587 acres nationwide.

13 "new large fires" were reported yesterday, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Nearly 22,000 wildland firefighters and support personnel are working to fight the wildfires, including the Golden State's lightning-sparked Tamarack Fire south of Lake Tahoe.

However, while cooler weather has aided in the effort for much of the West Coast, windy conditions have obstructed progress in Alpine County and meteorologists are warning that another heat wave will grip much of the U.S. this weekend and into next week.

Coming Soon to a Sky Near You: Fire-Breathing Dragon Clouds

  Coming Soon to a Sky Near You: Fire-Breathing Dragon Clouds East Coasters woke up on Tuesday morning to a brownish, hazy sunrise and a smoky smell that wasn’t wafting from the lox on their breakfast bagels. It had arrived courtesy of the wildfires raging on the other side of the continent, and specifically appeared to stem in part from the Bootleg fire in Oregon that has consumed a swath of terrain larger than the city of Los Angeles. The message from the experts? Basically: Get used to it. “I’m fromThe message from the experts? Basically: Get used to it.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said Saturday that an Excessive Heat Watch was already issued over parts of Idaho and eastern Oregon, where temperatures are expected to rise into the 100s through Sunday.

"Most of the Lower-48 will observe above normal temperatures through at least the first half of the week with a heat wave building into the Northern Plains. Meanwhile, the Southwest and portions of the Northeast will be below average thanks to widespread cloud cover," the NWS Weather Prediction Center tweeted Saturday morning.

In addition to winds, weekend forecasts also called for a chance of scattered thunderstorms in California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and other states – though forecasters said some could be dry thunderstorms with little precipitation but a lot of lightning.

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Extreme drought coupled with sweltering heat worsened by the impact of climate change have made wildfires harder to fight, more frequent and destructive.

So far, there have been 730 more wildfires in California this year than in 2020 – a historic wildfire season that scorched more than 4 million acres in the state – and nearly triple the area has burned.

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