Raging across stretches of land and continuing to spread across Sunday, several fires caused damage to properties across the US, killing two firefighters in Arizona. 

One of the worst fires at the moment is blazing in Northern California, forcing the closure of a major highway on Sunday, and straining power grids in the midst of a massive heatwave. Officials asked all residents to reduce power consumption quickly after a major wildfire in southern Oregon knocked out interstate power lines, preventing up to 4,000 megawatts of electricity from flowing into the state. “The Bootleg Fire will see the potential for extreme growth today,” the National Weather Service in Medford, Oregon, tweeted Sunday.

Source: Mother Jones (Stormy Staats)

As of Sunday, the Bootleg Fire exploded in size to 224 square miles as it raced through heavy timber in Oregon’s Fremont-Winema National Forest near the Klamath County town of Sprague River. On the other hand, the Beckwourth Complex Fire — a combination of two lightning-caused blazes burning 45 miles north of Lake Tahoe — showed no sign of slowing its pace yesterday after doubling in size between Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, two firefighters died Saturday in Arizona after a plane they were in crashed during a survey of a small wildfire in rural Mohave County. A wildfire in southeast Washington grew to almost 60 square miles as it blackened grass and timber while it moved into the Umatilla National Forest, and in Idaho, Gov. Brad Little declared a wildfire emergency Friday and mobilized the state’s National Guard to help fight fires sparked after lightning storms swept across the region.

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