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Sprawling Oregon wildfire, largest of dozens in U.S., continues to grow

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By Deborah Bloom and Steve Gorman KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (Reuters) – A sprawling wildfire raging mostly unchecked for over a week in southern Oregon forced firefighters into retreat for a fourth straight day as it expanded into the state’s fifth-largest blaze in more than a century, forestry officials said on Friday. The Bootleg fire, the biggest among dozens of wildfires across the tinder-dry landscape of the Western United States in recent days, has scorched more than 241,000 acres – an area well exceeding the land mass of New York City. The blaze has been burning through drought-parched timber…

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