CHILOQUIN, Ore. – An emergency closure is now in effect for the Bootleg Fire area on the Fremont-Winema National Forest. While the fire is burning on the Chiloquin Ranger District, the closure includes part of the Bly Ranger District as well.

The closure area is on National Forest System land between Forest Road 4542 on the western edge, along Forest Road 45 on the northwest and northern edge and Forest Road 46 making up the rest of the northern border, then south on Forest Road 27 to the junction with Forest Road 3462, heading west to the junction with Forest Road 3445, then south to the Forest Boundary. The closure area follows the Forest Boundary west to Forest Road 44, following the road north to the junction with Forest Road 4542.

Additionally, Forest Road 44 is closed from Sprague River Road east to the junction with Forest Road 4542.

The closure order is formally referenced as 06-02-21-03. It went into effect tonight and is in effect until conditions allow or December 31, 2021, whichever occurs first. There will be public notifications when the closure order is lifted.

Area residents and Forest visitors are asked to avoid the fire area and related roads while suppression activities continue. Anyone driving in the area should watch for increased traffic and vehicles associated with wildland firefighting.

Violations of the closure order are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment of not more than 6 months or both.