More than 2,100 US firefighters combat blaze in Oregon

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Wildfires rage across parts of the United States and Canada, prompting authorities in some areas to issue mass evacuation orders. In the US state of Oregon the so-called Bootleg fire spread to 290,000 acres of land with authorities asking some two-thousand people to evacuate. People have also been asked to leave their homes across the border between Oregon and Nevada. There are at least 80 major fires active in Oregon. Heavy winds and widespread lightning storms are two of the major factors that fuel the fires. Lightning strikes are also blamed for a fast-growing inferno in California. Meanwhile, dozens of blazes continue to burn in Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Ontario. In the latter, a firefighter has died of unspecified medical emergency.

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