Devastating wildfire conditions in the West expected to worsen | Connect FM | Local news radio
(NEW YORK) – Already devastating wildfire conditions in the West are expected to worsen on Wednesday as the region experiences an increase in dry, gusty winds – which are fueling the blaze.
Over 60 forest fires are burning in the West. Red flag warnings and heat advisories have been issued in Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
The forest fire season has only just begun, but there are already 14,000 firefighters on the front lines.
In the Pacific Northwest, Wednesday’s forecast shows gusty winds of up to 35 mph, temperatures reaching nearly 105 degrees and relative humidity dropping to 7%.
The Bootleg Fire in Klamath County, Oregon, is currently the largest wildland fire in the country, with more than 200,000 acres, reported KATU, a subsidiary of ABC Portland.
In Nespelem, Wash., All residents were evacuated as a lightning-caused wildfire swept through the city, The Spokesman-Review reported.
In Madera County, Calif., Local authorities have declared a state of emergency as river fire ravages the area. The blaze covered 9,500 acres and is 15% contained, according to Cal Fire.
“The heat and extreme winds have proven difficult not only for firefighters but also for those working to support these efforts,” Sheriff Tyson Pogue said Tuesday. “This proclamation will provide much needed resources to support our community. “
The massive fires sent smoke across the country, reaching as far as the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes. Air quality alerts have been issued from Colorado to Minnesota.
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