Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

Firefighters were working in severe temperature levels across the U.S. West and having a hard time to include wildfires, the largest burning in California and Oregon, as another heat wave baked the region, straining power grids.The biggest wildfire of the year in California– the Beckwourth Complex– was raving along the Nevada state line and has actually burned about 140 square miles (362 square kilometers) as of Monday morning and state regulators asked customers to willingly “conserve as much electricity as possible” to prevent any failures beginning in the afternoon.In Oregon, the Bootleg Fire exploded to 240 square miles (621 square kilometers) as it raced through heavy lumber in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, near the Klamath County town of Sprague River. The fire interrupted service on three transmission lines offering up to 5,500 megawatts of electricity to surrounding California.A wildfire in southeast Washington grew to almost 60 square miles (155 square kilometers) while in Idaho, Gov. Brad Little has mobilized the National Guard to help fight fires sparked after lightning storms swept across the drought-stricken region.The blazes come as the West is in the middle of a second extreme heat wave within just a few weeks and as the entire area is suffering from one of the worst dry spells in current history.”It seems like the worst is over in town, but back on the mountainside the fires still going strong,” Prary said.A brand-new fire broke out Sunday afternoon in the Sierra Nevada south of Yosemite National Park and by evening covered more than 6 square miles (15.5 square kilometers), triggering evacuations in locations of two counties.

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