Firefighters in Oregon reported that they had made good progress in the fight against the nation’s largest wildfire, and the authorities cancelled an evacuation order near a fire in the north. California.
Curb piracy fires in the remote south Oregon As high as 74% on Sunday. Contained 56% one day ago.
Fire spokesperson Arnash said: “This reflects the days of ground work, and the staff have been able to strengthen and build additional containment lines.”
Since being ignited by lightning in the Fremont-Vinema National Forest on July 6, the fire has scorched more than 646 square miles.
The Dixie Fire in California covered nearly 383 square miles of mountainous areas, and 42 houses and other buildings were destroyed.
32% was controlled on Sunday, and evacuation orders and warnings were lifted in several remote areas in Butte and Plamas counties. But the authorities warned that the risk of an outbreak remains high due to unpredictable winds and extremely dry fuel.
The cause of the fire on July 13 is still under investigation.
The National Interagency Fire Center said that overall, nearly 22,000 firefighters and support personnel are fighting 91 large, active wildfires, covering mainly 2,813 square miles in western states.
Historical droughts and heat waves associated with climate change have made wildfires in the western United States more difficult to extinguish. Scientists say that over the past 30 years, climate change has made the region warmer and drier, and will continue to make the weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive.
The United States Drought Monitoring Agency reported last week that although the strong monsoon brought rain to the southwest, the northern and northwestern regions of California are still in a state of extreme drought, and the most severe category of “abnormal drought” is expanding.
On Sunday, many areas in the West and Midwest were under air quality warnings as wildfire smoke lingered over most of the country.
Warnings have been issued in most areas of the Northern Rockies, including parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Washington and Idaho. Further east, smoke from fires that burned into Canada triggered pollution warnings in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.
Wildfires emit a large number of tiny smoke particles. Researchers say that if these particles are inhaled, they will have a direct and long-term impact on health. Children, the elderly, and people with underlying health problems are especially at risk.