Gov. Kate Brown said fires were growing worse due to climate change. "They're hotter, they're more fierce, and obviously much more challenging to tackle."
"There's absolutely no question that climate change is playing out before our eyes," Gov. Kate Brown said.
About 70 active large fires have burned nearly 1,659 square miles in the U.S. this year. At least 16 major fires are burning in the Pacific Northwest alone.
The Bootleg Fire has already destroyed 21 homes and could merge with another blaze that also grew explosively amid blustery conditions.