Bootleg Fire Update, August 4, 2021
Location: 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, OR
Fireline total: 325 miles
Size: 413,765 acres, 647 square miles
51 miles active fire edge, 274 miles of contained line
(Klamath Falls, OR) – A Red Flag Warning and a Fire Weather Watch are in effect this afternoon and evening for the second day in a row. These conditions promote the rapid spread of wildfire and extreme fire behavior, but so far the Bootleg fire line is holding. Helicopters kept dropping water on the active fire yesterday to cool it so crews could continue to work.
Southwesterly winds yesterday brought smoke to the Bootleg Fire area from fires burning in northern California. The smoke was helpful in that it created overcast skies that allowed less solar radiation to the active fire and kept temperatures cooler.
Overcast skies, from clouds or smoke, also dampen updraft winds that fuel active fires. Think of a chimney on a wood stove. If the flue is completely open, the heat from the fireplace is drawn upward and the updraft feeds oxygen to the fire. If the flue is somewhat closed, the updraft is lessened, and more heat stays in the wood stove and the fire burns more slowly.
With fires burning across the West, more people are impacted by smoke. For most people, smoke is a nuisance. But some people are more sensitive to smoke and it can be dangerous for them. At some levels, smoke can be dangerous to everyone. The best way to mitigate the impacts is to limit your time outside, and when you are outside, avoid strenuous activity so less smoke is drawn into your lungs. If you are concerned about the amount of smoke, or if you or someone at home is especially sensitive, you can get sensors to alert you to unhealthy levels.
If you anticipate heavy smoke, there are things you can do to minimize smoke in your home. “Like anything you are concerned about, the best thing you can do is to get ready ahead of time,” says Air Quality Advisor Margaret Key. “There are simple things you can do to get smoke ready.” Some effective measures include closing up rooms in your home and putting towels around the windows to keep smoke out. Box fans covered with a HEPA filter forces air through and filters out smoke. See links below for smoke maps and tips for being smoke ready.
Community Meeting: Join us for a virtual community meeting tomorrow on Facebook live at 6:30 pm. www.facebook.com/BootlegFireInfo
Evacuations: Lake County expanded the Level 1 (Get Ready) evacuation boundary to include the area north of Summer Lake. The expanded area extends from Mile Post 73 on Highway 31 north to Picture Rock Pass and east of the highway to include the Ana Subdivision. A Level 2 (Be Set) evacuation remains in place from milepost 73 on Highway 31 south to Monument Rock. A Level 3 (GO NOW!) evacuation remains in place for all areas within and adjacent to the Bootleg Fire perimeter, including Yamsay Mountain, Thompson Reservoir, and the Sycan Marsh to the top of Winter Rim. The best way to view the evacuation designation boundaries and details is on the interactive map available at tinyurl.com/bootlegevac
Closures: An emergency closure order is in effect for the Bootleg Fire on the Fremont-Winema National Forest to protect public and firefighter safety. All travel or entry into the area is prohibited. The full closure order and map are available on the website under Alerts and Closures at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/fremont-winema/alerts-notices
Red Cross Evacuation Shelters: For information or assistance: 1-800-Red-Cross (www.redcrossblog.org/disaster)
Smoke: Wildland fire smoke can adversely impact your health. Be aware of the smoke near you and learn about ways to mitigate smoke impacts. See the air quality near you at https://fire.airnow.gov and learn how to keep smoke out of your home at https://www.epa.gov/smoke-ready-toolbox-wildfires
Insurance Assistance: For additional information on submitting insurance claims after losing your home or property to a wildfire, please visit https://dfr.oregon.gov/insure/home/storm/Pages/wildfires.aspx or call the state’s team of consumer advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free).
Fire Information Public Phone: 541-482-1331 Fire Information Media Phone: 971-727-7255
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