The largest of the dozens of active fires in the United States has reached such large dimensions that it already generates its own climatic conditions, which makes it difficult for firefighters to work, the authorities report this Tuesday.
The fire baptized as “Bootleg”, in the southeastern state of Oregon next to the border with California, has already more than 157,000 hectares burned Since it was declared in early July, it has destroyed 117 human buildings and has more than 2,000 firefighters.
“Fire is so big and generates so much energy and extreme heat that is changing weather conditions “, Oregon Forest Department spokesman Marcus Kauffman detailed this Tuesday in statements to the press.
“Normally, the weather situation predicts what the fire will do. In this case, it is the fire that is predicting what the weather will do “, he pointed.
Heading to Canada
Only fires of titanic dimensions like this are capable of affecting the climate, something that complicates extinguishing tasks even more, by not allowing to predict what the evolution of the flames will be in the short term.
Images taken by satellites on Tuesday showed a gigantic column of smoke that, from southeastern Oregon, moved north until it reached the border with Canada, about 1,000 kilometers.
The fire affects a mountainous and vegetated area in the Fremont-Winema National Forest and firefighters do not anticipate having it fully contained until the beginning of October.
His proximity to a high voltage power transmission line that connects the networks of California and Oregon has led the authorities to ask consumers on several occasions throughout these days to reduce electricity consumption to the maximum, to prevent it from overloading and worsening the situation.
In addition to the one in Oregon, 80 other large fires are burning in various parts of the western United States, several of them in California, where extreme drought after a winter with little rain and high temperatures in recent weeks have brought the fire season forward by several months.