Firefighter Brentt Call walks through a burned-over area of the Bootleg Fire near Klamath Falls, Oregon, on Tuesday, July 27.
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In pictures: Wildfires raging in the West

Updated 8:12 PM ET, Thu July 29, 2021

Firefighter Brentt Call walks through a burned-over area of the Bootleg Fire near Klamath Falls, Oregon, on Tuesday, July 27.
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Dozens of large wildfires are raging across the western United States as the region experiences a historic and unrelenting drought.

The biggest right now is the Bootleg Fire, which has been burning in the Fremont-Winema National Forest along the Oregon and California border. As of Tuesday, July 27, it had burned more than 410,000 acres.

With wildfires burning across much of the West, the nation is at its highest level of fire preparedness, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. This is the earliest move to Preparedness Level 5 -- also known as PL 5 -- in the past decade, the agency said.