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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: 541-482-1331
Hours: 7 AM - 8:30 PM

Bootleg Media Line
Phone: 971-727-7255
Hours: 7 AM - 8:30 PM

Bootleg Firefighters Test Positive for COVID-19

Bootleg Fire Wildfire
News – 7/22/2021

Bootleg Fire Information Media Inquiries: (971) 727-7255 July 22, 2021 Bootleg firefighters test positive for COVID-19

Lakeview, Ore.- Incident Management Teams are working closely with local public health and Oregon  Health Authority’s investigation into several positive cases of COVID-19 among resources working on  the Bootleg Fire. Nine individuals have tested positive. In accordance with protocols developed in  partnership with the Oregon Health Authority for the 2020 fire season, individuals reporting  symptoms and those who worked closely with them are tested and isolated until results are received.  Those who test positive are quarantined away from the fire camp. Due to the number of positive  cases, this will be reported to OHA as a workplace outbreak, and updates on the number of positive  cases associated with this outbreak will be included in OHA’s COVID-19 weekly report, which is  issued every Wednesday.
Protecting the health and safety of firefighting personnel and those in the local community is the  highest priority. This fire season has been slightly different due to the broad availability of  vaccines and the prioritization of structural and wildland firefighting resources for vaccination  in the spring. However, many of last year’s COVID-19 exposure mitigation measures are still in use  at fire camps statewide. Measures currently in place at the incident camps include:
  •     Each team has a designated Health Liaison with a primary focus of providing for the  mitigation of viral spread through the implementation of best practices. They also work with state  and local authorities to manage suspected cases and provide for the efficient testing and contact  tracing of fire resources.
  •     Ensuring the safety of incident responders and the public by implementing a thorough  risk management process, to include incident operations planning that minimizes the impacts and  spread of COVID-19.
  •     Providing wellness services such as handwash stations, ample sanitation and cleaning  supplies, cleaning services to regularly disinfect frequent use surfaces.
  •     Food services have been designed to minimize contact between resources and support  services.
  •     The camp has also been laid out to provide ample spacing for fire crews in  accordance with social distancing guidelines and to minimize direct interactions between crews.
Fire managers remain committed to safe and effective firefighting operations.  Teams will continue  to partner with OHA and county public health officials to identify any opportunities to strengthen  existing mitigation measures.  Incident management personnel expect and hope for a full recovery of  the firefighting resources. ###

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