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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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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

08/03/2021 Bootleg Fire Daily Update August 3
Bootleg Fire Update, August 3, 2021 Location: 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, OR Fireline total:  323 miles Size: 413,762 acres, 647 square miles 51 miles active fire...
News - 08/03/2021
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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 Personnel1,617
Size413,765 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. Aggressive drying will make effects of recent precipitation negligible. Strong winds are causing needle cast to fall on black, increasing the reburn potential.

Significant Events

Interior burning is becoming more vigorous as RHs drop and winds increase. Elevated potential exists for rapid fire if spotting occurs outside the line is continuous fuels and wind align.


Planned Actions

Accounting for risk and probability of success, hold and reinforce direct fireline on uncontrolled sections of norther 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. There is still heat in heavy fuels within this area with SEAT drops on Monday and potential need to burn out. Fire beyond perimeter 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 east of location from historic wildfires, spot fires have occurred 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.

Patrol and mop up will continue along all perimeters of fire to the degree necessary to make the likelihood of escape low based on overhead hazards, terrain, fuel types, and potential fire behavior. Holding and improving of line occurring along northern perimeter. Continue operations to complete indirect alternate lines. Locate, identify, and mitigate hazard trees and other hazards within the fire environment. Initiating fire suppression repair.

Projected Incident Activity

Overnight fire behavior has begun to increase in intensity due to decreasing RH recovery. Fire spread remains interior.

The critical weather event continues. Any residual moisture left in fuels will rapidly evaporate. The potential for spotting outside the line continues to increase as fuels continue to react to the drying airmass and increased winds. The highest areas at risk are the northeast and northwest sections of the fire. The peak of the critical weather event with the potential for spotting outside the line continues to increase as fuels continue to react to the drying airmass and increased winds. Fuels continue to be extremely receptive to spots as strong winds continue. The highest areas at risk continue to be the northeast and northwest sections of the fire. The focus of potential fire spread will continue to be the northeast and northwest portions of the fire until control lines are sufficiently mopped up.


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

Drier, warmer, and windier conditions began impacting the fire today. Minimum relative humidity values fell into the 12-18 percent range with gusts up to 25 mph.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for the fire and surrounding areas on Tuesday. Temperatures will range from the low 80s to the low 90s. Winds will be terrain driven 3-8 mph through 1000 before becoming southwest 9-17 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Relative humidity values will generally range from 6-14 percent. An isolated thunderstorm cannot be ruled out but wetting rains are not expected.