The forests of the US state of Oregon are on fire. It is being told as the most horrific fire in the country. Three lakh acres of forest land has come under the grip of this fire.
In view of the magnitude of the fire, thousands of people have been moved from their homes to safer places.
More than two thousand firefighters are working to quell the so-called bootleg fire. It is one of the deadliest fires ever in Oregon history.
This fire, which started from July 6, is spreading continuously. Its growth can be estimated from the fact that it has so far scorched an area as large as Los Angeles.
It has caught fire in 80 different places in 13 different states of America. It is becoming difficult to control the fire due to heatwave and strong winds.
Bootleg Fire, named after a nearby bootleg spring.
The villagers of that area have been affected the most by this fire. At least 2,000 people have had to leave their homes. At least 160 houses and buildings have been destroyed so far due to the fire.
However, officials say that a quarter of the perimeter of the fire has been brought under control.
“We are working day and night to control the fire,” Fire Incident Commander Joe Hessel said in a statement on Monday.
“This fire is a challenge and will continue to be a challenge in the times to come,” he said.
Sayyid Bey of Bailey City, who lost his home in the fire, said he was watching from afar and the fire was engulfing his house.
The fire in the southeast of Portland has so far destroyed thousands of properties and, more importantly, continues to grow.
Evacuation centers have been set up in several cities, including Klamath Falls and Redmond.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, wildfires have already engulfed more than 1.2 million acres this year, mainly in the western states.
Compared to last year’s fire in California alone, this time it is five times more severe.
Many scientists say that climate change increases the risk of hot, dry weather, which also increases the risk of forest fires.
Since the beginning of the industrial phase, the temperature of the earth has already increased by about 1.2 centigrade and if the temperature continues to rise even further, then many dangers can come to the fore. Scientists recommend that to avoid this, it is necessary that governments around the world reduce emissions.
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