Here’s Where the Biggest Wildfires Are Burning Across the West
The intensity of the blazes, at such an early stage in the wildfire season, was called “unprecedented” by officials.
Wildfires are burning more than a million acres across the western U.S. and Canada.
Fire consumes homes as the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, tears through Doyle, Calif., on Saturday.Credit…Noah Berger/Associated Press
July 12, 2021
Wildfires left their mark across the Western landscape this weekend, scorching more than a million acres in the United States and Canada. The intensity of the blazes, at such an early stage in the wildfire season, was called “unprecedented” by officials.
New large fires were reported in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana and Oregon on Tuesday, the National Interagency Fire Center said. There are currently 67 large fires burning, the center said; together, they have scorched nearly 918,000 acres across 12 states.
Montana, Idaho and Arizona, where two firefighters were killed on Saturday while responding to a blaze, all have at least 12 fires currently ablaze. In Canada, fires have burned more than 500,000 acres.
The Bootleg Fire in southwest Oregon, which raged for its seventh day on Tuesday, has burned more than 150,000 acres and destroyed several homes in Klamath County, where officials ordered evacuations.
In California, the Beckwourth Complex has already burned about 93,000 acres in the Plumas National Forest. The fires jumped a major highway on Saturday, scorching cars and hillsides across U.S. 395.
After days of extreme heat in Canada, flames consumed the small town of Lytton on June 30, destroying 90 percent of the structures and killing at least two people. On Tuesday, there were more than 300 active fires burning across the province of British Columbia, including 23 that started in the past two days.