WASHINGTON, JUL 23 – The western United States continues to burn, with massive fires affecting mainly the states of Oregon and California, generating a gigantic cloud of smoke that envelops the entire country as far as the east coast and looming over cities like New York and Washington. In Oregon, the flames of the Bootleg Fire have incinerated an area of over 1,600 square kilometers, destroying at least 70 homes and forcing part of the population to a mass evacuation. Even if the situation in the last few hours seems to be improving with the huge fire that now appears limited. In northwestern California, on the border with Nevada, the greatest concern is the Tamarack Fire which led the authorities to evacuate much of the Lake Tahoe area where an area of almost 200 square kilometers is affected by the flames. (HANDLE).