A vast wildfire is raging in the United States, forcing a new evacuation.

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A vast wildfire is raging in the United States, forcing a new evacuation.

Strong winds and widespread thunderstorms remain, however, a severe threat.

The 80 largest fires in the United States at the time spread three times the area of the Detroit metropolis, about 1,100 km2 to 1,170 km2 overnight.

Amid oppressively high temperatures and drought affecting the western United States and Canada, the vast fire ravaging the state of Oregon grew again on Sunday, and authorities ordered new evacuations.

Bootleg, one of the 80 largest fires currently operating in the United States, spread overnight from 1,100 km2 to 1,170 km2, more than three times the area of the Detroit metropolitan area, officials said. ۔

The evacuations, which had already covered more than 2,000 people, continued on Sunday.

Satellite imagery from the National Weather Service shows hundreds of miles northeast of northern Oregon, with large-scale boat washings in southern Oregon.

But with firefighters advancing on the western flank of Bootleg, overall containment of the fire more than tripled, to 22%.

Strong winds and widespread thunderstorms remain, however, a severe threat.

Firefighters say a fast-growing fire in California's Lake Tahoe resort area was caused by lightning.

The fire called Tamarack, fueled by strong winds, has grown explosively, covering ​​more than 80 km2, without being contained so far.

The small nearby community of Markleeville, on the Nevada border, has been evacuated.

Scientists say climate change amplifies droughts, which in turn create ideal conditions for wildfires to spread.

"Fast, dry and unstable weather conditions in the northwestern Pacific, the Rocky Mountains and the plains of northern Minnesota for the next few hours," the National Intercity Fire Center reported.

He noted that nearly 20,000 firefighters and support personnel are fighting to contain the fires raging in western states. More than 10,100 km2 of forests have been burned this year.

Meanwhile, Canadian firefighters continued to fight dozens of fires on Sunday, including about 20 new ones in the province of British Columbia and another 15 in the area of Ontario (northwest).

A firefighter died at the hospital due to an uncertain "medical emergency", provincial officials said.