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Large western US blaze forces evacuations as lightning forecast

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Los Angeles (AFP) – The extreme drought-hit western United States braced for more wildfire destruction Friday as efforts to contain a vast blaze scorching southern Oregon failed to progress, and dangerous dry lightning storms were forecast in California. The Bootleg Fire near Oregon’s border with California grew overnight to 240,000 acres — larger than New York City, and by far the biggest active blaze in the US — while remaining just seven percent contained. “The Bootleg Fire perimeter is more than 200 miles long — that’s an enormous amount of line to build and hold,” said firefighter comm…

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