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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

08/02/2021 Bootleg Fire Daily Update August 2
Bootleg Fire Update, August 2, 2021   Location: 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, OR   Fireline total:  323 miles Size: 413,762 acres, 647 square miles 51 miles active...
News - 08/02/2021
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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

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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 Personnel1,878
Size413,762 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained84%
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. Strong winds are causing needle cast to fall on the black areas of the fire increasing the reburn potential. Even with recent light showers and good overnight recovery, live and dead fuels remain at critically dry conditions.

Significant Events

Interior pockets of fuel continue to burnout. A Red Flag Warning has not been extended for 8/2, but there is still a threat of thunderstorms, which could impact the fire with strong outflow winds and the associated potential spotting problem. Probability of ignition is still very high and mid-range spotting is still possible if wind and fuel alignment occurred.


Planned Actions

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

1. Northwest corner: Currently holding this location and is lined with either dozer or handline, but 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. Indirect alternate line is being constructed in this area in the event holding of direct line is not successful.

2. Northeast corner: Although the continuity of the fuels becomes 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. If such fire activity were to occur, the existing structure protection group would have some difficulty in protecting structures along the Summer Lake area without reinforcements. Indirect alternate line is being constructed in this area in the event holding of direct line is not successful. North of this area to Indian Mountain a continuous line of mixed conifer exists with indirect line being constructed in the event fire becomes established within this area.

3. 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 overhead hazards, terrain, fuel types, and current and potential fire behavior and weather. Continue operations to complete indirect alternate 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 lower temperatures and humidity recovery. Significant fire spread is unlikely overnight except in thermal belts. The beginning of dry and windier weather coupled with the still extremely dry fuels increases the potential for spotting outside the containment lines, and will provide a good test of the current control lines that are currently in place.


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

The large increase in containment percentage is partially due to containing line around an interior green island.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Isolated showers developed in and near the fire today focused mainly on Branch IV. Minimum relative humidity percentages were generally in the lower to middle 20s.

Isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms are possible again on Monday, but the chance of a wetting rain is very low. Temperatures will range from the lower 80s to near 90 with terrain-driven winds of 5-10 mph through 1000 becoming southwest 5 to 15 mph gusting to 20 mph in open areas. Sheltered areas are expected to be light and variable before becoming upslope 5-10 mph with gusts to 15 mph. Relative humidity values will range from the teens to lower 20s% range in the afternoon.