BOOTLEG FIRE – LARGEST ACTIVE FIRE IN US
Payne Institute Earth Observation Group student worker Elijah Mt. Castle writes about the Bootleg fire in Oregon, the largest active fire in the United States. The fire started on July 6th and has burned 232,763 acres since it started. The fire has destroyed 21 homes and 54 other structures and is threatening 1,900 others. Drought, high temperatures, and high winds have severely hampered fire suppression efforts. July 16, 2021.