The largest wildfire in the United States caused the evacuation of thousands of Oregon, and the fire consumed more than three hundred thousand acres of land.
The fires have continued since July 6, driven by high temperatures and strong winds.
The blaze has been dubbed the “Bottlege Fire” and is among the largest in modern US history.
“Bottlege Fire” is added to more than 80 major fire waves, raging in 11 western states.
Heat waves have caused hundreds of fires to erupt in neighboring Canada as well.
The fires have engulfed more than 1.1 million acres of US land, mainly in western states, according to the Joint National Firefighting Center.
Climate change is increasing the risk of hot, dry weather, which can fuel wildfires.
And global temperatures will continue to rise, unless governments take measures to significantly reduce carbon emissions.
The Earth’s surface temperature has increased by 1.2 degrees since the beginning of the industrial age.
Experts told the BBC that North America could witness a wildfire season, due to the drought that lasted several years.
The “Bottlege Fire” wiped out the forests of southern Oregon. At least 2,000 people, mainly in rural areas, were forced from their homes.
The fire has destroyed at least 160 homes and buildings so far.
More than two thousand and one hundred firefighters are working in fighting the fire.
The operations have so far succeeded in containing a quarter of the burning lands, that is, in besieging it with a barrier that prevents its spread, according to the NC Web site, which tracks fires in the United States.
This week’s weather will not help firefighting efforts, as temperatures are expected to range between 10-15 degrees above normal as the drought continues.
The Canadian National Fire Center reported more than 150 new fires at the end of last week.
The center has recorded more than four thousand fires so far, during 2021, which means double the total of last year’s fires.
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