Ore. wildfire prompts evacuations amid heat wave

O'BRIEN, OR - AUGUST 4: Rogue River Hot Shots Megan Kruse (R) and Jason Barber (L) take a break after igniting a burnout in the Siskiyou National Forest August 4, 2002 in O'Brien, Oregon. Fire Crews continue to light burnout fires to try and stop a188,000 acre fire in the Siskiyou National Forest. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Megan Kruse (R) and Jason Barber (L) take a break after igniting a burnout in the Siskiyou National Forest August 4, 2002 in O’Brien, Oregon. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 8:00 PM PT –Tuesday, July 11, 2021

Evacuation orders were announced in South-Central Oregon where hundreds of firefighters have been battling the Bootleg Fire. The blaze started a week ago and has burned more than 200,000 acres.

The Bootleg Fire has become the largest wildfire in the nation. A task force from Northern Oregon has been deployed to assist with battling the blaze. According to the State Marshal’s Incident Management Team, the crew joined the multi-agency task force on Saturday after the fire doubled in size.

Officials reported the fire has destroyed several homes and threatened power lines, which provide vital electricity throughout the state as well as part of Northern California. Firefighters have been working around the clock to improve containment lines and provide structure protection.

“This fire is burning extremely hot, it’s very, very dry and it’s end of September conditions right now and so we’re here in early July fighting a fire that would usually happen in September,” said Bryan Green, a firefighter on the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue team.

Fire authorities said the fire is moving unchecked across the western states as strong winds continue to push it northeast. They warn it will take weeks to get the blaze fully contained.

MORE NEWS: Veterans Affairs Proposes Paying For Gender Reassignment Surgeries