Massive California wildfire crosses into Nevada
A massive, unchecked forest fire has crossed the northern California-Nevada border - and sparked new evacuations, AP reported early Thursday.
The big picture: The Tamarack fire south of Lake Tahoe has razed over 68 square miles since it erupted on July 4 - one in 23 flames ignited lightning strikes, according to the U.S. Forest Service. It is one of 78 major fires raging in 13 US states.
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Notable: Oregon's Bootleg Fire, the largest fire in the United States that officials say was also caused by lightning, swelled to 618 square miles in the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
Yes, but: cooler conditions with less gusty winds helped the fire fight on Wednesday and the fire was contained by 38%, according to the US Forest Service.
"The fire was also nearing an area burned by a previous fire on its active southeast flank, raising hopes that a lack of fuel could reduce its spread," noted AP.
Context: The forest fires, many of which broke out when a severe heat wave broke out in June, have been linked by scientists to man-made climate change.
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