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Bootleg Fire

Unit Information

Fremont-Winema National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1301 S. G St.
Lakeview, OR 97630

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Incident Contacts

Bootleg Fire Information
Phone: 541-482-1331
Hours: 7 AM - 8:30 PM

Bootleg Media Line
Phone: 971-727-7255
Hours: 7 AM - 8:30 PM

Highlighted Activity

07/29/2021 Virtual Community Meeting on July 30, 2021 at 6:30 pm
Join us for a Virtual Bootleg Fire Community Meeting at 6:30 pm on July 30, 2021. A remote broadcast of the virtual meeting will be available at City Hall in Paisley, 705 Chewaucan St., Paisley,..
Announcement - 07/29/2021
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The Bootleg Fire continues to actively burn on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, approximately 15 miles northwest of the town of Beatty, Oregon. On July 20, the Log and Bootleg Fires merged into one. All acreages and statistics reflect the combined fire.

Major roads are open, although the national forest remains closed. Drivers should expect increased traffic in the area from fire equipment and are asked to use caution driving in the area. For information related to travel routes and closures, check

Smoke conditions in the region may vary. To check air quality, see

An interactive map showing evacuation areas and the fire perimeter from the overnight IR flight is available at

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Fire Information Public Phone: 541-482-1331
Fire Information Media Phone: 971-727-7255


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning / Natural
Date of OriginTuesday July 06th, 2021 approx. 01:42 PM
Location15 miles NW of Beatty, Oregon
Incident CommanderNorm McDonald, Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team
Coordinates42.616 latitude, -121.421 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel1,928
Size413,545 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained53%
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Fire area includes mixed grass/shrub, timber with understory, and timber with litter fuel types. The area is primarily composed of open to dense timber stands, interspersed by dry meadows and shrub fields. Grazing has occurred in some areas. Needle-draped shrubs and low crown base heights are common. Seasonal drying coupled with drought conditions have made all fuels available for active burning conditions. There is a heavy concentration of snags and downed logs with shrubs above 6500' elevation, notably in areas of beetle-killed lodgepole. Extremely dry fuels, both live and dead, are a concern once warm and dry weather returns.

Significant Events

Fire behavior was mainly interior pockets of fuel burning out. Fuels remain receptive to burning. Half-mile spotting

was observed. Potential remains in the north and northeast flank. Any undiscovered spots found outside of lines have potential for rapid rates of spread.


Planned Actions

Accounting for risk and probability of success, construct direct fireline on uncontrolled sections of the northern fire perimeter. Three areas of primary

concern exist along the northern


1. Northwest corner: If unable to hold fire in this location, fire has potential to burn into the Yamsey Semi-primitive Area

and up Yamsey Mountain. Fire in this area would substantially increase acreage as limited holding opportunities exist

within this steep and roadless

area with continuous fuels.

2. North-Central section along Sycan Marsh: Fire could flank along to the northeast and threaten the Winter Rim and structures along Summer Lake.

Northeast corner: Although the continuity of the fuels become broken from historic wildfires, spot fires continue to

occur within this area. If a spot fire would become established in this area, the Winter Rim could become threatened and fire may

progress down the rim into structures along Summer Lake and

Highway 31.

Patrol and mop-up along the south, west and east perimeters of fire to the degree necessary to make the likelihood of

escape low based on experience, overhead hazards, terrain, fuel types, and current and predicted fire behavior and weather. Continue operations to complete indirect and contingency lines. Locate, identify, and mitigate hazard trees and other hazards within the fire environment.

Projected Incident Activity

Moderated fire behavior overnight as fuels begin to react to recent moisture and humidity recovery. Significant fire spread is unlikely overnight, , unless relative humidity recovery is poor. High potential for fire spread since fuels have not been significantly affected by recent rain. Threat of new starts and outflows winds increase the potential for fire spread.

Depending on rainfall totals, fuels will receptive to rapid rates of spread if fuels, wind and topography align.


Klamath and Lake County Sheriff and Emergency Managers are handling evacuation planning.

National Guard personnel were organized into six 20 person Type 2 handcrews and began working on the fire on July 28 (accounted for by the 6 additional State Type 2 crews in the resource summary)

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms moved across eastern portions of the fire this afternoon producing very little in the way of accumulating precipitation. Relative humidity values fell into the teens with a

few locations reporting gusts in

excess of 20 mph.

Scattered afternoon thunderstorms are possible again on Friday. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1400 to 2300 for lightning over dry fuels. Temperatures will range from the upper 70s to near 90 with northwesterly winds 5 to 15 mph gusting to 20 mph in open areas. Stronger winds are

possible around thunderstorms. Relative humidity values will fall to around 20% in the afternoon.