The already Devastating wildfire conditions in the West are likely to deteriorate on Wednesday, as the region experiences an increase in gusty, dry winds, which are ideal for stoking fires.
The wildfire season has only just begun, but 14,000 firefighters are already on the front lines.
According to the US Forest Service, the Bootleg Fire in Klamath County, Oregon, is presently the country’s biggest wildfire, covering approximately 212,000 acres.
“Not only have the high temperatures and winds proven to be hard for fire personnel, but also for those working to assist those efforts,” Sheriff Tyson Pogue stated on Tuesday. “This proclamation will help our community by providing much-needed resources.”
Smoke from the huge wildfire has traveled halfway across the country, reaching the Upper Midwest and the Great Lakes. From Colorado to Minnesota, air quality advisories have been issued.