Firefighters in southern Oregon increased the containment of the Bootleg Fire, the nation’s largest wildfire, Saturday, but the problem is not solved. The fire also got bigger, scorching 408,930 acres as of Sunday, a more than 6,000-acre expansion since Friday. Extreme fire behavior from the Bootleg Fire helped create a tornado last weekend, confirmed with the Medford National Weather Service Forecast Office. “It’s incredibly important with climate change that we get into these forests and start doing the fitting and harvest and prescriptive burning, so that we can create healthier landscapes that are more resilient, for wildfire,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown told media. The climate crisis is making deadlier and more destructive wildfires the new normal, devastating homes, forcing thousands to evacuate and even destroying trees intended to offset carbon emissions. The Bootleg Fire put more than 2,000 people in the surrounding area under some form of evacuation orders.
Another fire, California’s Dixie Fire, has been burning in remote forestland 230 miles northeast of San Francisco for more than a week. It’s the state’s largest wildfire in 2021. On Sunday morning, the U.S. Forest Service appreciated the blaze covered a surface nearly six times the size of San Francisco. On other part, fire officials from Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation said that the over 6,800-acre Alder Creek Fire in the southwestern part of the state was the nation’s highest firefighting priority.