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Bootleg Fire

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

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

Bootleg Fire Update: July 12, 2021 3:00 p.m.

Bootleg Fire Wildfire
News – 7/12/2021

Beatty, Ore.— Due to the size and complexity of the Bootleg Fire, the fire will be managed using two zones—this will allow the incident management teams to better manage the fire and limit travel for firefighters. ODF Incident Management Team 1 took command of the fire’s south part, or Zone 1, today. Pacific Northwest Team 10 manages the north part, or Zone 2. Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s Green Team continues to protect structures.

After three days of explosive growth, a smoke inversion moderated fire activity and allowed fire crews to construct and improve fire control lines yesterday. Rather than doubling in size like prior days, the fire added 5,000 acres to the perimeter raising the total acreage to just above 150,000.

Zone 1 Update: The control lines on the southern edge of the fire kept the fire in check overnight. Near communities of Klamath Forest Estates, Moccasin Hills, and Tablelands, crews used the favorable conditions to build and connect dozer lines, extinguish hot spots near structures, and assess fire damaged tree hazards. More crews will be working night shift as overnight temperatures moderate fire activity, allowing crews to make more progress.  In the east, crews continue to work in Sycan Estates area to extinguish hot spots and remove fire damaged trees near structures. Power companies are inspecting damage to the high voltage powerlines to determine if they can safely return power to those lines. Along the eastern flank, crews are scouting new locations for safe, effective primary and secondary containment lines. 

Zone 2 Update: Firefighting and containment efforts continue through the day. Tonight, like in Zone 1, more crews will work the night shift.  Crews on the west side are connecting containment lines along forest roads to prepare for a controlled burn to enforce those lines.  Along the north, crews are scouting new locations for safe, effective primary and secondary containment lines too.

Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s (OSFM) Update: Crews from structural fire departments continue focusing on protecting structures and residences. Firefighters are identifying, triaging, and removing brush and small trees around homes on outside the fire’s south and east sides.

Protecting homes has been a team effort between structure firefighters and wildland fire crews to save homes. Quick actions from crews on the ground prevented numerous homes from catching fire during nighttime ember showers.

Structure resources will continue to patrol and identify structures at risk. They are starting to assess damage and looking for damaged or destroyed structures. 

Evacuations: Level 3 (GO NOW) Evacuation Notice ·        Klamath County, north of the town of Beatty. East side of Godowa Springs Rd north of the OC and E Trail to the Klamath County Line need to leave immediately. ·     Klamath County, near the town of Sprague River. Upper tableland area north of Oregon Pines Rd need to leave immediately. Level 2 (GET SET) Evacuation Notice ·     Klamath County, near the town of Sprague River. Klamath Forrest Estates/Moccasin Hills Area need to be prepared to leave. ·     Klamath County, West side of Godowa Springs Rd, south of Oregon Pines Rd and Tableland Rd. to the river need to be prepared to leave. Level 1 (BE READY) Evacuation Notice ·     Klamath County, Between Beatty and Bly 3 miles south of Highway 140 from Yellow Jacket Springs to Fishhole Creek need to be ready in case. ·     Klamath County, the area from the intersection of Sprague River Rd and Forbes Rd extending east to Godowa Springs and Yellow Jacket Springs and south of the Sprague River 4 miles need to be ready in case. The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office started to issue citations and will make arrests if necessary to keep people out of the Level 3 evacuation areas.

Smoke New fires in Oregon and northern California are contributing to smoke from the Bootleg fire, with the probability of increasing the smoke layer. If you are sensitive to smoke, check air quality levels at: https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/southcentraloregon. Closures The Fremont-Winema National Forest is closed to the public in the area of the fire. See updated map and the Emergency Fire Closure Order 06-02-21-03 on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7609/ or on the forest’s website at www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/Fremont-winema/alerts-notices.

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