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.
These are the conditions our strike team are facing at the Bootleg Fire in Southern Oregon. https://t.co/XX6rYJSeQ4
— Portland Fire&Rescue (@PDXFire) July 12, 2021
“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.