Nearly 35,000 hectares were destroyed by this fire, dubbed “Cedar Creek Fire”.
A huge wildfire was spreading out of control in the US state of Oregon on Monday, with parts of the American West remaining ravaged by different fires forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents , local authorities reported.
The blaze, dubbed the Cedar Creek Fire, has quadrupled in size in four days and spans two counties in central Oregon east of the city of Eugene, according to the National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG).
More than 2,000 homes and 400 commercial buildings are at risk from the fire and since a few days the authorities have activated level three of their evacuation plan in certain areas, meaning that the danger in these places is imminent and that they must be evacuated immediately.
A few days ago the authorities activated level three of their evacuation plan in certain areas.
Hundreds of Residents have already been ordered to evacuate and authorities have warned thousands more to prepare to follow them if needed.
A smoke dense shrouded the region, altering air quality, according to the NWCG.
Getting out of here as fast as possible was all I had in mind, Herman Schimmel, a resident who recently moved to the area, told The Oregonian.
The Cedar Creek Fire has progressed due to weather conditions over the past week combining easterly winds, high temperatures and drought.
Firefighters use planes to fight fire south of Salem.
Eight helicopters and more than 1,000 firefighters were trying to contain the blaze, which started on August 1, on Monday. emphasis on the construction of flame barriers along existing roads. They said it could take about a week.
The American West is suffering the consequences of more than two decades of devastating drought, made worse by climate change .
Currently, more than 90 fires are active in eight states in the western United States, suffocating residents of major cities like Seattle, USA. state of Washington.
Firefighters fought the Fairview Fire, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, and the Mosquito Fire around Sacramento.