Evacuations are underway as the largest US fire, the Oregon Bootleg Fire, burns 300,000 acres
The nation's largest active wildfire has burned over more than 300,000 acres in Oregon, forcing thousands of people to flee. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the so-called Bootleg Fire, which is one of Oregon's largest in history.
It has already burnt an area larger than the city of Los Angeles since it began on July 6. It's one of more than 80 significant flames raging across 13 US states, fuelled by extreme temperatures and strong winds.
The Bootleg Fire, which is called for the adjacent Bootleg Spring, has caused at least 2,000 people to from their homes in primarily rural areas. So far, at least 160 homes and structures have been destroyed. According to authorities, a quarter of the perimeter of the fire had been contained.
The recent fires have coincided with record-breaking heat waves in the western US, marking a heavier-than-normal start to the wildfire season. According to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, more than 150 new fires started blazing in neighbouring Canada just this past weekend.