Massive Oregon wildfire spreads, but remote location limits extent of damage – .

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Massive Oregon wildfire spreads, but remote location limits extent of damage – .


The monstrous forest fire that burns in Oregon has grown to a third the size of Rhode Island and stretches for miles every day. But evacuations and property losses have been minimal compared to much smaller fires in densely populated areas of California.
The breathtaking size of the fire contrasted with its relatively small impact on people underscores the vastness of the American West and is a reminder that Oregon – which is larger than Britain – is still a largely state. rural, although it is best known for its largest city, Portland.

The 1,210 square kilometer fire, which was 25% contained on Monday, burns about 480 kilometers southeast of Portland in and around the Fremont-Winema National Forest, a vast expanse of old growth forests, lakes and wildlife refuges. .

If the fire were to occur in densely populated areas of California, “it would have destroyed thousands of homes by now,” said James Johnston, an Oregon State University college of forestry researcher who studies historic wildfires.

“But it’s burning in one of the most remote areas of the lower 48 states. It’s not the Bay Area there. “

At least 2,000 homes have been evacuated at one point during the fire and 5,000 more threatened. At least 70 houses and more than 100 outbuildings caught fire. Thick smoke suffocates the area where residents and wildlife have already faced months of drought and extreme heat. Nobody died.

Here are some pictures from Oregon.

Fight the flames

A firefighting plane returns to base amid huge plumes of smoke after dropping a flame retardant on the Bootleg Fire in Bly, Ore. On July 15.

(Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters)

Firefighters are extinguishing hot spots in an area hard hit by the wildfire near Bly on Monday.

(David Ryder/Reuters)

Oregon National Guardsmen regroup at the Bootleg Fire Command Center in Chiloquin, Ore. On July 14.

(Nathan Howard/The Associated Press)

The forest fire burns overnight near Highway 34 in southern Oregon on July 15.

(Jason Pettigrew/Bootleg Fire Incident Command/The Associated Press)

Firefighter Nahum Reyes sleeps under a fire engine after his shift in Bly on July 15.

(Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters)

Osmose Utilities Services employees Nick Beasley, left, and Cody Mabee tie fire-resistant trellis to a power line near Bly on July 17.

(Payton Bruni/AFP/Getty Images)

Property, lives threatened

Bob Dillon poses for a portrait amid the ashes of an extinguished fire that surrounded his home caused by the Bootleg Fire in Beatty, Ore. On July 16.

(Payton Bruni/AFP/Getty Images)

Mary Gerlach, evacuated by firefighters, looks after her horse at a Red Cross disaster shelter in Klamath Falls, Ore., July 14.

(Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Reuters)

A sign thanks firefighters as the Bootleg Fire continues to gain momentum near Chiloquin on July 18.

(David Ryder/Reuters)

Cattle graze under a sunset tinged with smoke from a forest fire near Bly on July 18.

(David Ryder/Reuters)

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