Oregon’s enormous Bootleg fire expands to cover 564 square miles

One of the largest fires in modern Oregon history has burned an area half the size of Rhode Island

Fuelled by erratic winds and dry lightning, the enormous Bootleg fire in southern Oregon burned through another 47,000-plus acres on Monday to reach an estimated total of 364,000 acres (564 sq miles) – an area more than half the size of Rhode Island.

The challenging weather conditions have added to the dangers for the crews in parched Oregon forests who are battling the fire, currently the largest in the US.

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