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The Nakia Creek wildfire in Washington state spanned more than 1,700 acres as of Tuesday morning, after unusually hot and dry weather conditions caused fires over the weekend and forced thousands to evacuate their homes In which about 33,000 homes were on evacuation alert.

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As of Tuesday morning, the fire that broke out near Vancouver, Washington on October 9 was contained only 5% and had spread to 1,796 acres, up from about 1,500 acres on Monday. according For the latest updates on InciWeb, the national incident information system for wildfires.

Firefighters estimated the fire – which someone first reported by Larch Mountain in the Yacolt Burn State Forest – rose from 150 acres to 2,000 on Sunday, Forcefully 2,900 homes to be evacuated immediately, while another 5,000 remained on “Level 2” alert.

Authorities believe the fire was caused by humans and are investigating people with interest in relation to the fire, including two men and two women who were seen on a ridge on the day of the fire. Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office in Washington, State Told monday.

The fire, which started about 20 miles northeast of Portland, was contained 20% early in the day on Sunday, but expanded due to strong winds – up to 30 mph in some areas With – unusually high temperature and low humidity, according to officials.

While the situation began to improve on Monday, local emergency officials noted There were “still a lot of uncertainties” regarding the weather, urging residents to be patient and prepared.

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At least 51. How big a fire was burning in the western US, according for databases maintained by new York Times. This fire is one of 72 major fires across the United States. according For the National Interagency Fire Center.

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Northwest Oregon and southwest Washington state are experiencing unusually high temperatures and dry conditions, according For the National Weather Service in Portland. For example, Portland's International Airport recorded a total of 0.31 inches of rain from September 1 to October 14, the same month and the third-dryest period on record, the National Weather Service said.

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The Nakia Creek Fire isn't the only fire in Washington: 13 other major fires have been reported elsewhere in the state, while seven are in Oregon, the National Interagency Fire Center said. Wildfires follow a series of extreme weather events in the US and many other regions around the world. About 1,500 places in the US broke daily high temperature records in the summer, while droughts, fires, floods and other extreme weather conditions also affected many regions. Scientists say such extreme weather events will become more common as human-caused climate change continues to grow. the United Nations warning That countries should act "now or never" to limit global warming and prevent large-scale climate disasters.

What to know about the Nakia Creek Fire that forced thousands to evacuate (Washington Post)

Officials looking for persons of interest in the Nakia Creek fire in Washington state (new York Times)