While wildfires continue to rage in states like Oregon and California, the efforts of teams trying to put out the fires were aided by a change in weather. Low blowing winds in the area have helped those attempting to curb damages by using bulldozers and helicopters, according to US media reports.
Southern parts of Oregon continue to mitigate the spread of wildfires while Northern California's blaze has spilled over into parts of Nevada, triggering an evacuation, according to reports from Associated Press.
Oregon's bootleg fire, which has engulfed an area of 624 square miles (1,616 kilometers) seemed to be within the grasp of firefighting teams on Wednesday, thanks to spiked humidity in the area. The crew was reportedly successful in improving fire lines due to the change in the weather.
Joe Prummer, a member of the Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 2, said, "Fire crews and support personnel have made significant progress in containing this fire in the last few days. However, we still have a long road ahead of us to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities.", according to reports from Associated Press.
The Oregon fire, which was triggered due to a lighting strike, is being fought by nearly 2,200 people, who were successful in containing at least one-third of the blaze.
The fire has also given rise to other forms of health concerns. According to reports from Associated Press quoting authorities, at least nine people have tested positive for COVID-19 while combatting the raging blaze. However, those who showed symptoms have been isolated, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Even though the wildfire has reportedly not claimed any life so far, at least 70 houses and 100 outbuildings have been engulfed. Moreover, at least 2,000 homes were ordered evacuated while about 5,000 have been put in the 'threatened' category, according to reports from Associated Press.