Over 80 fires have been burning, damaging 1.4 million acres
IMPERIAL, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - While the State of Arizona is dealing with intense flooding, Northern California and Southern Oregon are currently battling wildfires.
The "Bootleg Fire" has now burned over 400,000 acres. Officials' last containment confirmation was only an estimated 38%.
It was allegedly started Tuesday, July 6, by lightening; and is so massive, it actually created its own weather system.
Authorities acknowledge whipping winds as helping to make the "megafire" worse. These dame winds are blowing smoke and haze all the way to the east coast.
Late Friday evening, a mandatory evacuation was ordered for Butte Meadows. Though the "Dixie Fire" has not gone over 150,000 acres, its flames are still causing considerable damage.
The citizens of Quincy are growing increasingly on edge as "Fly Fire" flames near their households. Quincy currently remains under an evacuation warning.
Dixie and Fly Fires
83 fires have been reportedly burning in the U.S. throughout this week, destroying 142,940 acres. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, more than 21,000 firefighters and support personnel from throughout the region have been requested to aid in fighting the fires.