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Blaze defies US firefighters, power firm under scrutiny

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The large wildfire scorching the western US state of Oregon topped 300,000 acres Monday as it emerged a California power company linked to previous deadly fires may be responsible for a new blaze. Oregon’s giant Bootleg Fire has triggered over 2,100 evacuations and destroyed 67 homes in nearly two weeks of explosive growth, regularly forcing back firefighters who have only contained one quarter of its perimeter. “We are running firefighting operations through the day and all through the night,” said firefighter commander Joe Hessel in a statement. “This fire is a real chall…

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