The Bootleg Fire continues to burn on the Fremont-Winema National Forest and private lands approximately 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River, Oregon. A Red Flag Warning for strong, gusty winds with low relative humidity remains in effect this evening until 8 p.m.
Today’s operations: Extreme fire behavior has continued today, resulting in fire growth to the south and east, leading to additional evacuation orders. Despite the challenges posed by weather and terrain, firefighters continue to look for opportunities to safely engage the fire and to assess defensible locations where effective fire breaks can be constructed. Crews have also continued their work on protection measures for private properties in the area, focusing on structural triage and preparation by creating defensible space around structures.
Evacuations: At the request of the Bootleg Incident Commander, following are the current evacuation levels issued by Klamath County Emergency Management:
Level 3 (Go) – Leave immediately
• Near the town of Sprague River. Upper Tableland area north of Oregon Pines Road.
• North of the town of Beatty. Sycan Estates area.
Level 2 (Get Set) - Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice
• North of the town of Beatty. The area north of Highway 140, on both sides of Godowa Springs Road.
• North of the town of Sprague River. Klamath Forest Estates/Moccasin Hills area.
Level 1 (Get Ready) – Prepare to leave
• None at this time.
Evacuation Shelter: Beatty Community Center
Closures: The Fremont-Winema National Forest issued emergency fire closure order 06-02-21-03 for the area between Forest Road 4542 on the western edge, along Forest Roads 45 and 46 on the northern edge to Forest Road 27 on the eastern side. Then to the junction with Forest Road 3462, heading west to the junction with Forest Road 3445, then south to the Forest Boundary, following the Boundary west to Forest Road 44 and then north to the junction with Forest Road 4542. Forest Road 44 is also closed between the Sprague River Road and Forest Road 4542.
Safety Message: Watch for increased fire equipment traffic on area roads and highways, particularly in the Chiloquin area – use caution and drive defensively!
SIZE: 16,814 acres
CAUSE: Under Investigation
Hand Crews 8
Water Tenders 7
Fixed Wing 8
Data as of 7/8/21, 8 a.m.
FIRE PREVENTION: Conditions are unseasonably hot and dry this year. Please use caution with anything that can spark a fire! Report suspected wildfires immediately to 911.
SMOKE: Smoke is expected to continue to impact the local area. For those who are smoke sensitive, it is advised to take precautions