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Western wildfires consume over 300K acres of land across 6 states, claim the lives of two firefighters


On Sunday, more than 300,000 acres of land in the six western states of the United States was burning as the area was battling another brutal heat wave that broke records and strained the power grid. Its content is 0%. After the fire destroyed the interstate power lines, officials in neighboring California called on all residents to quickly reduce electricity consumption and prevent up to 4,000 megawatts of electricity from flowing into the state.

The National Weather Service in Medford, Oregon, tweeted: “The Bootleg Fire will see the potential for extreme growth today,” Driven by extreme droughts and temperatures close to 100 degrees, they are not expected to subside until mid-week.

“The fire behavior we are seeing on the Bootleg Fire is among the most extreme you can find and firefighters are seeing conditions they have never seen before,” fire incident commander Al Lawson said.

Further south, the equally powerful Bakeworth integrated fire covers an area of ​​83,926 acres, of which 8% is located in California, bordering Nevada. 

This is the largest wildfire in the state this year and consists of the Dotta and Sugar fires. Dotta Fire occupies approximately 670 acres, 99% of which has been controlled. Sugar Fire covers an area of ​​83,256 acres, with a control area of ​​8%. On Saturday night, he jumped off U.S. Highway 395 and threatened homes in Huashu County, Nevada. Because firefighters work in hot, dry weather, Nevada and California have implemented excessive high-temperature warnings. 

NV Energy, Nevada’s largest energy supplier, also urges customers to save electricity on Saturday and Sunday nights. Saturday, according to readings from the National Weather Service in Furnace Creek. The surprisingly high temperature was actually lower than the previous day when the location reached 130 degrees. If confirmed, the 130-degree reading will be the highest temperature recorded there since July 1913, when the Furnace Desert reached 134 degrees, which is considered the highest temperature measured. The National Weather Service warns that dangerous conditions may cause diseases related to high temperatures. 

On Saturday, Palm Springs in Southern California reached a record high of 120. According to the “Desert Sun” report, this is the fourth time the temperature has reached 120 degrees so far this year. In California’s agricultural Central Valley, the temperature in the area reached 100 degrees, and the temperature in Fresno reached 111 degrees, only 1 degree lower than the highest point in history. The National Weather Service said that Las Vegas hit a record high of 117 points on Saturday afternoon. The city recorded record temperatures four other times, most recently in June 2017. 

According to the Federal Bureau of Land Management, two firefighters were killed in a crash in Arizona on Saturday afternoon in response to a wildfire. The fire area in the Cedar Story Basin is 700 acres, and the control rate is 0%. 

Public Land Commissioner Hilary Franz said there were at least four wildfires burning in southeastern Washington, the largest of which was 46,352 acres because record temperatures in the past week made the state very dry. In Idaho, Governor Brad Little declared a wildfire emergency on Friday and mobilized the State National Guard to help extinguish fires caused by thunderstorms that hit dry areas. 

As of Sunday, wildfires had burned 39,000 acres of land. In Montana, several fires across the state resulted in road closures and evacuation orders.

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