Your family-favorite current events resource just got a brand new look.


World Teen - Main Article
Signup Teachers & Parents
More Western Wildfires
News Bytes 07/14/2021 9 Comments

In the American West, back-to-back heatwaves in June and July contributed to dozens of wildfires. But fire agencies are reporting some progress in corralling the flames, and forecasters predict a gradual decrease in extreme temperatures.

It’s often difficult to understand why natural disasters happen. But Christians can rest assured that the all-wise Creator not only understands but also oversees storms and temperatures. His plans for His people include peace, hope, a sure future, and His own glory (Isaiah 58:11-12)—even during the events humans struggle to make sense of.

A recent spate of fires erupted just as the West was in the grip of the second bout of dangerously high temperatures in a few weeks. The entire region is also suffering from intense drought. Fires have forced evacuations in numerous areas. Observers report some burned homes and other structures. Total losses are still being tallied.

The two largest fires scorched forests in northeastern California and southern Oregon, sending smoke across other states.

The Beckwourth Complex Fire occurred from two lightning-ignited blazes that began July 3. The fires cover about 140 square miles on Northern California’s border with Nevada. Plumas National Forest officials say firefighters successfully contained almost a quarter of the blaze but still expect some extreme fire activity.

Evacuation orders and warnings are in effect for remote areas of California’s Lassen and Plumas counties and Nevada’s Washoe County. Over the weekend, fire burned some structures in Doyle, California—a town of about 600 residents.

In Oregon, the Bootleg Fire covered 240 square miles in the Fremont-Winema National Forest. After doubling in size at least twice over the weekend, the fire has slowed some, according to Rich Saalsaa, spokesman for the Oregon State Fire Marshal. “It’s allowed firefighters to build more lines and go on the offensive,” he says.

The blaze destroyed seven homes and 43 outbuildings in an area on the south end of the fire, Saalsaa says. “Most of these places are not within a community per se. Maybe they’re the same postal zone. But it’s kind of scattered out there, very remote,” he says.

Some 1,926 homes lie within the current evacuation zone. But Saalsaa didn’t know how many people that includes.

The Bootleg Fire disrupted service on three California electrical lines. As a result, the state’s grid operator has requested folks to voluntarily conserve power from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to ease the strain.

Elsewhere, a forest fire started during lightning storms in southeastern Washington state. That fire grew to more than 86 square miles.

In Idaho, Governor Brad Little mobilized the National Guard to help fight twin lightning-sparked fires. They have charred nearly 24 square miles of dry timber in the remote, drought-stricken region.

Meanwhile, yet another new fire broke out Sunday in the Sierra Nevada Mountains south of Yosemite National Park. It quickly exploded over more than six square miles and triggered evacuations in parts of two counties. By Monday, firefighters had contained five percent of the blaze.

National Weather Service experts say cooler temps are coming. They report that the heat wave may have peaked in many areas—with excessive-heat warnings mostly expired.

(A firefighter sprays water while trying to stop the Sugar Fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex Fire, from spreading to neighboring homes in Doyle, California, on Saturday, July 10, 2021. AP/Noah Berger)

Leave a comment
  • Keep comments on topic and related to the subject matter of the article. (Off-topic comments will be deleted.)
  • Be respectful of everyone, including other readers as well as individuals in the news stories. Disagree politely.
  • Do not post links to websites outside of WORLDteen.
  • Keep personal information such as full name, age, location, and contact information private.
  • Read your comment before posting to be sure you have typed what you wish to say in public.
Sorry you are not allowed to publish comments. If this is the first time you are seeing this message please log out and back in. If you continue to see this message and believe this to be in error please reach out to member services.

Most recent comments

1st comment

Oh dear I hope they get it under control

1st comment

Oh dear I hope they get it under control

Second Comment

Me too!

Third Comment (technically)

Yikes. It's been really dry here. (For my location, at least. It hasn't rained since Sunday morning! [it is now Wednesday] Not to mention humidity has been down to 59%!!!) (I'm not joking, this is dry weather!)

It gets really dry and heats

It gets really dry and heats up then rains at 4:00-5:00 the next day everything is parched then repeat



Yeah our lawn business died

Yeah our lawn business died for a while w/ the heat.

This is JENNA

Oh my, I live in New England area and we get to much rain like there isn't two days without it. Maybe the mountains are holding the rain back, or the wind? Either way I hope that the dry weather ends soon.

@Micah D

Hope you guys made it through okay!

Check out one of the interesting topics below
Explain IT!

Explain-IT trains you to understand the how’s and why’s of man-made inventions and ideas.

Learn More
Pop Smart

Pop! SMART provides tools that equip teenagers with the kinds of insights they need to wisely navigate today’s popular culture in a way that’s fun and engaging.

Learn More
Pie in the Sky

Everyone daydreams, and as it should be. Good dreams aside, our culture is a natural enemy of serenity and hope. God has equipped you for great things.

Learn More
People Mover

True stories are incredibly powerful. They bring meaning to our lives—communicating the truths we can’t afford to live without.

Learn More
Mud Room

Mud Room helps you relate to the news by exploring the details behind the stories in the headlines that relate to earth sciences.

Learn More
Globe Trek

Globe Trek will take you from the living room sofa to the mountains of Uzbekistan and from the screen of their smart phone to a Chilean plantation.

Learn More
Ka Ching!

ka-Ching! takes a look at important principles of money and economics through relatable examples from everyday life.

Learn More
Law 'N Order

Law ‘N Order captures your imagination through civics, focusing on the idea that everyone can make a difference in life.

Learn More

User login