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Oregon wildfire blazes ahead against army of firefighters

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By Rich McKay (Reuters) – Fed by bone dry timbers, a massive wildfire dubbed the Bootleg blaze raged across an Oregon forest, advancing five miles (8 km) a day against an army of firefighters as it scorched another 39,000 acres (15,783 hectares) on Saturday. Driven by 30-mph wind gusts, by midafternoon it had burned more than 280,000 acres since starting on July 6 – consuming a forested area larger than New York City. More than 2,100 firefighters, a dozen helicopters and airplane tankers had 22% of the blaze under control, said Oregon Department of Forestry spokesman Marcus Kauffman. While tha…

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