Oregon's Bootleg Fire Is Creating Its Own Weather

Usually, weather conditions influence how wildfires behave. But southern Oregon’s massive Bootleg Fire is so powerful that it’s changing the weather. Fire officials have reported about the Bootleg Fire’s “aggressive surface spread with pyrocumulus development.” This cloud form results from the flames of a wildfire producing such extreme heat that it causes air to rise rapidly, cooling and condensing smoke particles.

  • Oregon's Bootleg Fire is generating its own weather
    The super-heated air and smoke from Oregon's Bootleg wildfire have reportedly impacted the weather. A pyrocumulus cloud from the fire – also known as a "fire cloud" – has formed over the blaze ...
    07/20/2021 - 7:04 am | View Link
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  • Bootleg Fire
    The Bootleg Fire, named after the nearby Bootleg Spring, was a large wildfire that started near Beatty, Oregon, on July 6, 2021.Before being fully contained on 15 August 2021, it had burned 413,765 acres (167,445 ha; 1,674 km 2; 647 sq mi). It is the third-largest fire in the history of Oregon since 1900.
    09/25/2021 - 3:00 am | View Website
  • Oregon Bootleg Fire: Evacuations as largest US fire burns ...
    Over 2,000 firefighters are tackling the so-called Bootleg Fire - one of the largest blazes in Oregon's history. Since starting on 6 July, it has already scorched an area larger than the city of ...
    09/22/2021 - 10:23 pm | View Website
  • Wildfire smoke clouds sky, hurts air quality on East Coast
    The nation’s largest wildfire, Oregon’s Bootleg Fire, grew to 618 square miles (1,601 square kilometers) — just over half the size of Rhode Island. Fires also burned on both sides of California’s Sierra Nevada and in Washington state and other areas of the West.
    09/19/2021 - 3:14 am | View Website
  • FireWatch: Oregon's third largest wildfire in the state's ...
    CHILOQUIN, Ore-- Oregon's third largest wildfire in the state's modern history, the Bootleg Fire, is now 100% contained. U.S. Forest personnel have confirmed the information to NewsWatch 12. The fire which started a little more than six weeks ago, put firefighters through the ringer through most of the it's life.
    09/18/2021 - 11:11 pm | View Website
  • Western wildfires calm down in cool weather, but losses grow
    Scientists say evidence shows Oregon’s Bootleg Fire generated its own “fire tornado” this month, with winds higher than 111 mph (179 kph). The rare phenomenon is associated with extreme fire behavior spawned by dry, hot conditions, experts said.
    09/17/2021 - 10:22 pm | View Website
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