Here’s Where the Biggest Wildfires Are Burning Across the West
Officials called the intensity of the blazes unprecedented.,
Wildfires were burning more than a million acres across the western U.S. and Canada.
- 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.
There are currently 59 large fires burning; together, they have scorched an estimated 863,976 acres across 12 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.
Montana, Idaho and Arizona, where two firefighters were killed on Saturday while responding to a blaze, all have at least 10 fires currently ablaze. In Canada, fires have burned more than 500,000 acres.
The Bootleg Fire in southwest Oregon, which raged for its sixth day on Monday, 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 90,000 acres in the Plumas National Forest. The fires jumped a major highway on Saturday, scorching cars and hillsides across U.S. 395. Another fire in Mariposa County, Calif., covered at least 9,000 acres and is 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
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 16 that started in the past two days.