Forest fires in Oregon engulf area larger than New York City

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Portland. Huge forest fires are eating through the forests and countryside of the US state of Oregon during hot and dry weather.

The largest of the fires, which has been dubbed the “Bootleg” fire, moves about eight kilometers forward every day, despite an army of firefighters trying to put it out.

On Saturday alone, the fire engulfed nearly 160 square kilometers of land.

The fire was propelled by strong gusts of wind, and by mid-afternoon on Saturday, about 1,130 square kilometers of land had been burned down in total as a result of it.

Thus, the fire has ravaged a forest area that is larger than New York City since it began on June 6th.

Over 2,100 firefighters as well as more than ten helicopters and firefighting aircraft have got about 22 percent of the fire under control.

Only seven percent were under control on Friday, and there has thus been a marked improvement in a single day.

Especially on the western side of the fire, there has been more control over it. But on miles of stretches along its eastern and southern flanks, it is still growing rapidly and with great danger to firefighters and civilians who have had to be evacuated.

– The fire is big and it moves so fast. Every single day, it moves between six and eight kilometers, says Joe Hassel, who leads the forest authorities’ part of the effort.

– One of the many challenges that our firefighters face every single day is working in a new country with new dangers all the time.

/ ritzau / Reuters

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