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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 Contact

Bootleg Fire Information
Email: 2021.bootleg@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-891-6758
Hours: 7 AM - 8 PM

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The Bootleg Fire started on July 6th. The fire is on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, approximately 15 miles northwest of the town of Beatty, Oregon.  The Log Fire started on July 12th.  On July 20, the Log and Bootleg Fires merged into one. All acreages and statistics reflect the combined fires. Currently, fire activity has been minimal and crews continue to patrol and monitor the Bootleg, Walrus, and Yainax Fires. The Yainax and Walrus Fires started on August 5th within the initial attack jurisdiction area of the Bootleg Fire. 

On Aug 14th a Type 3 incident management organization will continue management of the Bootleg Fire. The Oregon Department of Forestry will assume management of the Yainax and Walrus Fires effective Saturday, August 14 at 6:00 a.m.

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 https://tripcheck.com.

Smoke conditions in the region may vary. To check air quality, see https://fire.airnow.gov/#

An interactive map showing evacuation areas and the fire perimeter from the overnight IR flight is available at
https://tinyurl.com/bootlegevac.

To sign up for Lake County emergency alerts, please visit: https://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/?regionid=1535.
To sign up for Klamath County emergency alerts, visit http://alerts.klamathcounty.org.

Fire Information Phone:  541-891-6758 
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7609/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BootlegFireInfo
Twitter: twitter.com/BootlegFireInfo

Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCPLoRDU4JyfLonJpgl3gGjgjg

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 CommanderTacchini, IC3
Coordinates42.616 latitude, -121.421 longitude

Current Situation

Size413,717 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

The fire area includes mixed grass/shrub, timber understory, and timber with litter fuel types. The area 1s 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 is common. Seasonal drying coupled with drought conditions have made all fuels available for active burning conditions. There is a heavy concentration of snags, downed logs with shrubs above 6500' elevation, notably in areas of beetle killed lodgepole. Extremely dry fuels, both live and dead, are a concern.

Significant Events

Continued reduction in fire activity within fire perimeters each day despite continued warm, dry, and windy burn periods. Isolated single tree torching in the interior, little ground fire spread.

Outlook

Planned Actions

All divisions will be in patrol status as well as continued suppression repair activities.

Projected Incident Activity

No further fire spread is anticipated. Fires have been lined and held for 8 or more burn periods. Increasing winds, including outflow winds from thunderstorms, increase potential spotting distance to 0.4mi.

12 hrs:

Possible thunderstorms and showers, potential for heavy rain under core of storms. High efficiency for any lightning in starting fires and gusty outflow winds causing blowdown of trees within the fire perimeter.

24 hrs:

Potential scattered showers and thundershowers in the afternoon otherwise hot and dry.

48 hrs:

Decreasing chance of showers and thunderstorms, moderate overnight humidity recovery, but still hot and dry during the day.

72 hrs:

Slightly cooler under NW winds but only slight chance of perecipitation in forecast.

Remarks

A small Type 3 organization is being established. In-briefing occurred today at 0800. Transfer to the Type 3 IC will occur at 0600 on 8/14.

All evacuation levels have been lifted in both Klamath and Lakeview counties for the Bootleg Fire.

A repair plan is being developed for future implementation. A small repair module will be focused on the highest priority needs.

Walrus Fire is 75 acres and 100% contained.

Yainax Fire is 84 acres and 100% contained.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Today/Current Situation:

Smoky. Red Flag Warning in Effect for Abundant Lightning from 12pm-8pm PDT for the Bootleg AOR. Increasing clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms expected in the late afternoon and evening. Hot temperatures in the mid 80s to mid 90s. Min RHs in the teens. Gusty and erratic outflow winds 30-40 mph possible in and near stronger thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain possible in

storm cores. Variable winds, mostly westerly becoming northwesterly, 5-15 mph with gusts 15-25 mph in the afternoon and evening. Max RHs 45-55% expected overnight.

Tomorrow/Saturday/Outlook for the next Operational Period: Partly cloudy and smoky. Smoke increasing during the day. Continued hot and dry with highs 85-95F and RHs again in the teens. There is a slight (15%) possibility of a shower or thunderstorm. Westerly winds gusting 15-25 mph in the afternoon.