The raging fire in Oregon has doubled to 120 square miles (approximately 311 square miles) within 24 hours and now threatens vital power lines that bring electricity to California’s already neglected power grid. Associated Press reports. It is one of dozens of fires that have engulfed the west coast three-digit heat wave.
This latest threat to California’s network – Bootleg Fire – caught fire in southern Oregon earlier this week before strong winds pushed flames toward Route 66, a corridor of three parallel 500-kilovolt power lines connecting the two countries’ energy networks. CBS SF Bay Area reports. According to, the limit remains 0% Saturday update from the Oregon Fire Department.
The Bootleg fire exploded from 61 square miles (about 158 square kilometers) on Friday to 120 square miles (about 311 square kilometers) on Saturday, the NBC Association KGW8 reports. The fire has caused mandatory evacuation and is threatening about 3,000 homes and buildings, the Oregon Fire Marshal’s Office said.
As the fire quickly spiraled out of control Friday night, California Governor Gavin Newsom sent declaration of emergencies in order to “mitigate the demands caused by heat”, but emphasizing the network to the extreme. The order waived the license to use backup power generation and called on residents and companies to save energy during hours of high demand on Friday.
The energy crisis continued to worsen over the weekend. It was issued by the California Independent System Operator, which operates the California power grid network warning for Saturday night because he predicted a potential energy shortage. The state lost 5,500 megawatts of power as a result of the Bootleg fire, said California Executive Director Elliot Mainzer. press conference on Saturday.
“It’s a significant part of the state’s power supply,” Maizer said, according to Los Angeles Times.
It may even be an understatement. For context, in 2020 the agency declared phase 3 a state of emergency for the first time for the eye 20 years after an unexpected power plant loss of 470 megawatts, along with a loss of nearly 1,000 megawatts from wind.
Oregon firefighters are also working to fight a large fire in Douglas County, which has grown to more than 37.7 square miles and contains 10% of the Sabbath, according to an OSFM update. In Northern California, two fires caused by lightning continued to rage over 72 miles (72 miles) north of Lake Tahoe over the weekend. One of the fires has grown so fast that it has creating its own lightning“That’s why.” it can obviously happen!
Rising temperatures and widespread drought conditions have further exacerbated firefighting efforts. It hit Death Valley National Park in California on Friday 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54.4 degrees Celsius), one of the warmest temperatures ever reliably recorded on Earth.
More than 1,200 firefighters in California are using planes to help put out the blaze. The air is so dry that some of the water released by these planes evaporated before it reached the ground, state fire agency Lisa Cox told the AP.
“We expect more of the same the day after and the day after and the day after,” Cox said.