More than 1,700 people are trying to put out the largest fire in the United States, and according to information from local authorities, only seven percent were under control on Thursday.
“This fire will continue to grow — plants that are too dry and the weather is not going to be in our best interest,” Joe Hessel of the Oregon Department of Forestry told local Cato TV.
Description of the firefighter Weather conditions as “treacherous”. High heat is a factor that complicates the work, which means that the dry earth serves as fuel for the fire. In addition, the strong winds that cause further outbreak of fire.
In the past 24 hours, wildfires have increased by just over 2,000 hectares.
We’ve never seen anything like it, Gert Zoutendijk, Oregon Fire Commissioner, said Thursday.
In Oregon, firefighter Garrett Sousa is battling the Bootleg Fire, who said Thursday that he and his colleagues worked 39 hours straight.
“It’s fatigue that builds up and wears out over time,” he told Reuters.
Fire season during summer It is not uncommon in Oregon and the western United States. In the 1950s, they lasted for five months. Now the duration of the fires is longer, instead of seven months.
Another problem – described as historic – is that fires are raging across the western United States at the same time.
– Usually one area has fires, then the next area has fires, and then the next area. But right now, all areas have the same problem, says Susan Florey, a speaker at the US Western Bureau of Land Management.
The illegal fire has been going on since June 7.