NEW YORK, 20 JUL – The situation of fires in the United States is precipitating, especially in the west of the country where hundreds and hundreds of flights have been canceled due to the smoke. The cause is to be found in the very high temperatures and drought. A total of 12 states are affected, with about 80 active fires. In Oregon, the ‘Bootleg’ destroyed more land than Los Angeles and authorities warned residents to prepare for a mass evacuation. The flames began to spread from last July 6 and are currently limited to only 25%. It could take months before the fire is finally extinguished and copious rains will be required. The ‘Bootleg’ is so strong that it has created its own weather system. In fact, hot air clouds have developed which can cause a further spread of the fire, constituting a serious danger. Overall, the ongoing fires on the West Coast and in the US Midwest have destroyed over one million hectares of land. Montana is the state with the highest number of wildfires, 18, followed by Idaho with 17. Both states have experienced excessive heat conditions that have caused temperatures to rise above normal. About 16 fires are active in both Oregon and Washington state and several more in California and Nevada as well. (HANDLE).