Bootleg Fire rages in Oregon

More than 2,300 firefighters are battling the Bootleg Fire that has ravaged the southern part of Oregon for over two weeks. The blaze, which started on July 6, 2021, has spread over 395,000 acres, with only 38% containment, as of Thursday, July 22. One of many wildfires burning across the U.S., the Bootleg Fire was brought on by months of drought and a blistering heatwave in June, quickly becoming the largest and most extreme wildfire in the U.S. of the year so far.

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A fire danger sign is displayed on US HWY 31 amid thick smoke from the Bootleg Fire on July 21, 2021, in Christmas Valley, Oregon. (MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND/Getty Images)


A tree stump is engulfed in flames in the Bravo Bravo section of the Bootleg Fire on July 21, 2021, in the Fremont National Forest of Oregon. The Bootleg Fire, which started on July 6 near Beatty, Oregon, has burned over 395,000 acres and is currently 38% contained.

A tree stump is engulfed in flames in the Bravo Bravo section of the Bootleg Fire on July 21, 2021, in the Fremont National Forest of Oregon. The Bootleg Fire, which started on July 6 near Beatty, Oregon, has burned over 395,000 acres and is currently 38% contained. (MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND/Getty Images)


A burned car damaged by the Bootleg Fire is seen here along a mountain road on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, near Bly, Ore.

A burned car damaged by the Bootleg Fire is seen here along a mountain road on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, near Bly, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


A home destroyed by the Bootleg Fire is seen here on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 near Bly, Ore.

A home destroyed by the Bootleg Fire is seen here on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 near Bly, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


Fire crews do mop in the Bravo Bravo section of the Bootleg Fire on July 21, 2021, in the Fremont National Forest of Oregon.

Fire crews do mop in the Bravo Bravo section of the Bootleg Fire on July 21, 2021, in the Fremont National Forest of Oregon. (MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND/Getty Images)


Spot fires smolder near trees damaged by the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Bly, Ore.

Spot fires smolder near trees damaged by the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Bly, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


A firetruck responding to the Bootleg Fire is driven past a hand-painted sign thanking firefighters on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Bly, Ore.

A firetruck responding to the Bootleg Fire is driven past a hand-painted sign thanking firefighters on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Bly, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


Smoke rises from the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, near Bly, Ore.

Smoke rises from the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, near Bly, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


A fire-damaged sign hangs near trees burned by the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Bly, Ore.

A fire-damaged sign hangs near trees burned by the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Bly, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


Melted metal is seen near a home destroyed by the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, near Bly, Ore.

Melted metal is seen near a home destroyed by the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, near Bly, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


A damaged and abandoned excavator is seen in an area burned by the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Bly, Ore.

A damaged and abandoned excavator is seen in an area burned by the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Bly, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, a handcrew walks to engage the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Monday, July 19, 2021. The Oregon fire has ravaged the southern part of the state and has been expanding by up to 4 miles a day, pushed by gusting winds and critically dry weather that's turned trees and undergrowth into a tinderbox.

In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, a handcrew walks to engage the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Monday, July 19, 2021. The Oregon fire has ravaged the southern part of the state and has been expanding by up to 4 miles a day, pushed by gusting winds and critically dry weather that’s turned trees and undergrowth into a tinderbox. (Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP)


In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, a bear cub clings to a tree after being spotted by a safety officer at the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Sunday, July 18, 2021. As more fire personnel moved into the area, the cub scurried down the tree trunk and later left after being offered water.

In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, a bear cub clings to a tree after being spotted by a safety officer at the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Sunday, July 18, 2021. As more fire personnel moved into the area, the cub scurried down the tree trunk and later left after being offered water. (Bryan Daniels/Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP)


In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, a tanker drops retardant over the Mitchell Monument area at the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Saturday, July 17, 2021. The 569-square-mile Bootleg Fire is burning 300 miles southeast of Portland in and around the Fremont-Winema National Forest, a vast expanse of old-growth forest, lakes and wildlife refuges.

In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, a tanker drops retardant over the Mitchell Monument area at the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Saturday, July 17, 2021. The 569-square-mile Bootleg Fire is burning 300 miles southeast of Portland in and around the Fremont-Winema National Forest, a vast expanse of old-growth forest, lakes and wildlife refuges. (Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP)


In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, the Bootleg Fire burns at night in southern Oregon on Saturday, July 17, 2021. The destructive Bootleg Fire, one of the largest in modern Oregon history, has already burned more than 476 square miles, an area about the size of Los Angeles. The Bootleg Fire is among dozens burning in the parched West.

In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, the Bootleg Fire burns at night in southern Oregon on Saturday, July 17, 2021. The destructive Bootleg Fire, one of the largest in modern Oregon history, has already burned more than 476 square miles, an area about the size of Los Angeles. The Bootleg Fire is among dozens burning in the parched West. (Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP)


In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, the Bootleg Fire is seen smoldering in southern Oregon on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, the Bootleg Fire is seen smoldering in southern Oregon on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP)


The Bootleg Fire burns behind heavy equipment at the Mitchell Monument in southern Oregon on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

The Bootleg Fire burns behind heavy equipment at the Mitchell Monument in southern Oregon on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP)


Firefighters battle the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Firefighters battle the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (J. Michael Johnson/Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP)


A pyrocumulus cloud from the Bootleg Fire drifts into the air near Bly, Oregon on July 16, 2021. The extreme drought-hit western United States braced for more wildfire destruction as efforts to contain a vast blaze scorching southern Oregon failed to progress, and dangerous dry lightning storms were forecast in California. The Bootleg Fire near Oregon's border with California grew overnight to 240,000 acres, larger than New York City, and by far the biggest active blaze in the U.S. while remaining just seven percent contained.

A pyrocumulus cloud from the Bootleg Fire drifts into the air near Bly, Oregon on July 16, 2021. The extreme drought-hit western United States braced for more wildfire destruction as efforts to contain a vast blaze scorching southern Oregon failed to progress, and dangerous dry lightning storms were forecast in California. The Bootleg Fire near Oregon’s border with California grew overnight to 240,000 acres, larger than New York City, and by far the biggest active blaze in the U.S. while remaining just seven percent contained. (PAYTON BRUNI/AFP via Getty Images)


Fire from the Bootleg Fire illuminates smoke at night near Bly, Oregon on July 16, 2021.

Fire from the Bootleg Fire illuminates smoke at night near Bly, Oregon on July 16, 2021. (PAYTON BRUNI/AFP via Getty Images)


In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, the Bootleg Fire burns at night near Highway 34 in southern Oregon on Thursday, July 15, 2021.

In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, the Bootleg Fire burns at night near Highway 34 in southern Oregon on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (Jason Pettigrew/Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP)


In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, a DC-10 tanker drops retardant over the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Meteorologists predicted critically dangerous fire weather through at least Monday, with lightning possible in both California and southern Oregon.

In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, a DC-10 tanker drops retardant over the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Meteorologists predicted critically dangerous fire weather through at least Monday, with lightning possible in both California and southern Oregon. (Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP)


In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, the Bootleg Fire burns at night near Highway 34 in southern Oregon on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Firefighters scrambled Friday to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon that's spreading miles a day in windy conditions, one of numerous wildfires across the U.S. West that are straining resources. The Bootleg Fire, the largest wildfire burning in the U.S., has torched more than 377 square miles and crews had little control of it.

In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, the Bootleg Fire burns at night near Highway 34 in southern Oregon on Thursday, July 15, 2021. Firefighters scrambled Friday to control a raging inferno in southeastern Oregon that’s spreading miles a day in windy conditions, one of numerous wildfires across the U.S. West that are straining resources. The Bootleg Fire, the largest wildfire burning in the U.S., has torched more than 377 square miles and crews had little control of it. (Jason Pettigrew/Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP)


Firefighter Garrett Suza, with the Chiloquin Forest Service, mops up a hot spot on the North East side of the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Sprague River, Ore.

Firefighter Garrett Suza, with the Chiloquin Forest Service, mops up a hot spot on the North East side of the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Sprague River, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


A hotspot flares up on the North East side of the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Sprague River, Ore.

A hotspot flares up on the North East side of the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Sprague River, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


A road sign is seen charred on the North East side of the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Sprague River, Ore.

A road sign is seen charred on the North East side of the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Sprague River, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


Firefighters Garret Suza, right, and Cameron Taylor, with the Chiloquin Forest Service, search for hot spots on the North East side of the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Sprague River, Ore.

Firefighters Garret Suza, right, and Cameron Taylor, with the Chiloquin Forest Service, search for hot spots on the North East side of the Bootleg Fire on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, near Sprague River, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


Veterinarian Tawnia Shaw, left, and Chris George with The Happy Pet Vet team examine horses that had been left during a Level 3 evacuation during the Bootleg Fire on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, near Sprague River, Ore.

Veterinarian Tawnia Shaw, left, and Chris George with The Happy Pet Vet team examine horses that had been left during a Level 3 evacuation during the Bootleg Fire on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, near Sprague River, Ore. (Nathan Howard/AP)


In this handout provided by the USDA Forest Service, the Bootleg Fire burns on July 12, 2021, in Bly, Oregon. The Bootleg Fire has spread over 212,377 acres, making it the largest among the dozens of blazes burning in the western U.S. fueled by record temperatures and drought.

In this handout provided by the USDA Forest Service, the Bootleg Fire burns on July 12, 2021, in Bly, Oregon. The Bootleg Fire has spread over 212,377 acres, making it the largest among the dozens of blazes burning in the western U.S. fueled by record temperatures and drought. (USDA Forest Service via Getty Images)




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