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Western wildfires in US, Canada stretch firefighters’ resources

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Los Angeles (AFP) – With wildfires in the drought-hit western United States and Canada continuing to scorch vast areas, firefighting resources are being severely stretched, authorities said Saturday.  More than 2,100 firefighters were again struggling to contain the vast Bootleg Fire raging in southern Oregon, near the border with California. Some were forced to retreat as the fire spread amid the fourth intense heatwave of the summer. California, hit by its own wildfires, vowed to send firefighters to help out in Oregon. And Canada was bringing in some 100 firefighters from Mexico to bolster …

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