The Bootleg Fire continues to burn on the Fremont-Winema National Forest approximately 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River. The fire is burning on the Chiloquin and Bly Ranger Districts. Northwest Incident Management Team 10 took command of the fire at 6 a.m. today. Temperatures today will be 85-90 degrees with winds 6-10 mph, gusting to 20-35 mph in the afternoon. A Red Flag Warning is in effect this afternoon and evening for strong, gusty winds with low relative humidity.
Fire behavior was extreme throughout yesterday and last night. Firefighters worked on strengthening roads and identifying anchor points. The fire crossed the Sycan River yesterday and is in the West Spodue project area on the Bly Ranger District. The area has undergone recent fuel reduction and prescribed burning, which are expected to help firefighters.
Fire behavior is expected to continue to be extreme today, especially with predicted weather conditions and the Red Flag Warning over the area this afternoon and evening. Firefighters will continue to look for opportunities for fireline construction and to safely engage with the fire. The Klamath County Structural Taskforce is expected to continue protection measures for private properties in the area. The Office of Oregon State Fire Marshal’s (OSFM) Green Incident Management Team has been mobilized. OSFM has responded with personnel to manage three structural task forces from Yamhill, Marion and Polk Counties. The task forces will be focusing on structural triage and preparation by creating defensible space around structures.
At the recommendation of the Bootleg Incident Commander, following are the current evacuation levels issued by Klamath County Emergency Management:
Level 2 (Get Set)
- Two properties located northeast of the fire.
Level 1 (Get Ready)
- Sycan Estates area north of the town of Beatty
- Residents north of Drew Road between Sprague River Road near the town of Sprague River and Godawa Springs Road north of the town of Beatty.
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.