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The Tamarack fire near the Nevada border in California prompted partial highway closures and evacuation orders.

Firefighters continue to fight large-scale wildfires on the west coast of the United States as California authorities closed a section of a highway and ordered evacuees to approach the raging fire that is still completely uncontrolled.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest said in a statement on Sunday that the Tamarack fire near Markliville, about 257 kilometers (160 miles) west of Sacramento, near the California-Nevada line has expanded to 18,299 acres (7,405 hectares).

The statement said: “A thunderstorm is expected this afternoon, which may cause unstable winds in the fire area.”

It added that firefighters will continue to fight the flames if it is safe, and stated that 517 people have been assigned to fight the fire.

In the past few weeks, the high temperature and drought conditions raging in the western United States have triggered several large-scale wildfires. Experts point out climate change As an important factor in exacerbating extreme weather events.

On Friday, Kelli Pennington and her family were camping near Markleeville, so when they were told to leave, her husband could participate in extreme bike rides in the area. They watched the smoke spread throughout the day, but were caught off guard by the rapid spread of the fire.

“It happened so quickly,” Pennington told the Associated Press. “We left the tent, hammocks and some food, but we got most of the things, pushed our two children into the car and left.”

The afternoon wind blows at a speed of 32 to 48 kilometers per hour (20 to 30 mph), which encourages the flames as they chew on dry wood and brushes.

Meteorologists predict that California and southern Oregon will see extremely dangerous fires at least until Monday, and the largest wildfires in the United States will continue to spread in dry forests.

The Bootleg fire is the largest of dozens of fires across the United States and has expanded to Bigger than New York CityOfficials said on Saturday, adding that dry and windy weather conditions are expected to further fuel the fire.

Officials said the fire spread overnight, from 274,000 acres (110,884 hectares) to 290,000 acres (117,359 hectares)-three times the size of the Detroit metropolis. Approximately 2,000 people had to be evacuated, and more will be evacuated on Sunday.

On July 17, the Tamarack fire in the Markliville community in Alpine County, California burned behind the greenhouse [Noah Berger/AP Photo]

Incident Commander Joe Hassel said: “The fire is big and it moves fast, spreading four to five miles every day.” “One of the many challenges our firefighters face every day is Work in a new country, and there may always be new dangers in this country.”

The National Weather Service warned that there may be thunderstorms extending from the California coast to northern Montana on Sunday, and the “new lightning ignition” is likely to be due to extremely dry fuel in the western United States.

In recent weeks, dry, hot weather has also triggered dozens of wildfires in Canada. It is believed that extreme heat is one of the causes of the fires. Hundreds died Last month in British Columbia.

According to provincial wildfires, dozens of fires were burning in northern Ontario on Sunday tracking deviceDue to the fire, some indigenous communities in the area were forced to evacuate in the past week.



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