Bootleg Fire in Oregon Burns Over 150,000 Acres and is Zero Percent Contained

The Bootleg fire is burning out of control in southern Oregon. (Credit…Oregon State Fire Marshall)

The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon nearly doubled in size from Saturday to Sunday to more than 150,000 acres as extreme heatwaves and wildfires continued to scorch the West.

The intense flames in the Fremont-Winema National Forest broke out on July 6, burning for its sixth day on Sunday, according to an incident report. The out-of-control wildfire was so intense that it forced firefighters to retreat to safety zones and prompted more personnel to be deployed overnight, fire officials said.

Residents in some areas of Klamath County were forced to evacuate as the wildfire continued to spread and was zero percent contained Sunday, the incident report said. Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire, but authorities said “dry weather and extremely dry fuels contribute to extreme fire behavior.”

The fire interrupted electrical lines that transmit power from Oregon to California, energy officials said. California lost thousands of megawatts of imported power and struggled to maintain operating reserves as temperatures soared into triple digits in parts of the state.

The Bootleg Fire came amid record wildfires and temperatures ravaging states across the West.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Wilson Wong

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