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Enormous Colorado Bootleg Fire bigger than Houston and Delhi, 80 fires in U.S.

Christian Fernsby |
The Bootleg Fire, the largest wildfire currently active in the U.S., is advancing towards mountain towns in Oregon as the blaze closes in on burning 400,00 acres in the state.

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The fire, which has been burning in Oregon since July 6, has so far destroyed 388,360 acres in the state while only being 32 percent contained, according to the federal InciWeb wildfire tracking site.

The blaze is spreading quickly as it only reached the 300,000-acre mark on Monday morning, with the fire looking likely to pass 400,000 acres destroyed on Wednesday.

Evacuation centers have been created in several cities in Oregon affected by the fire, including Redmond and Klamath Falls, while InciWeb's data shows that at least 2,250 fire personnel are currently tackling the blaze.

The fire has so far burned more than 606 square miles, which is just around 3 square miles smaller than the city of London in England and bigger than both Houston in Texas and Delhi in India.

There are a couple of smaller fires burning in northern California, but the majority of the smoke is currently coming from the Bootleg to the northeast.

There were about 80 active large fires and complexes of multiple blazes in the U.S., the National Interagency Fire Center tweeted late Sunday. The U.S. Forest Service said at least 16 major fires were burning in the Pacific Northwest alone.


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