Location: 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, OR
Size: 212,377 acres
Dry and windy conditions contributed to another day of active fire behavior on the Bootleg Fire burning in Southern Oregon. Firefighters reported growth primarily to the east in the greater Gearhart Wilderness area. Air operations were severely limited due to unsafe flying conditions in heavy smoke.
“We’re making steady progress where winds and terrain allow,” said Rob Allen, Incident Commander for PNW2 Incident Management Team. “But for the third day in a row, firefighters had to disengage at times for their safety and weather isn’t going to change for the foreseeable future.”
On the ground, firefighters improved existing dozer and hand containment lines in the Fuego Mountain area. Crews took advantage of favorable conditions overnight to ‘burnout’ along these lines, significantly diminishing the potential for future fire growth toward the east in future weeks and leaving a solid containment line for the community of Chiloquin and Highway 97 in the area.
To the south and east, crews took advantage of yesterday’s inversion to make continued progress on improving dozer and other containment lines. Crews conducted ‘burnout’ operations overnight to strengthen those lines and increase containment. While the fire did not make expansive ‘runs’ as it did in past days, west winds continued to push fire growth toward the greater Snake and Round Butte areas under Red Flag conditions.
Community Meeting: Please join us for a virtual community meeting July 14, 2021 at 6:30pm at http://www.facebook.com/BootlegFireInfo.
Evacuations: Evacuations are rapidly changing due to the nature of this wildfire. Please visit tinyurl.com/bootlegevac for an interactive map of evacuation level in Lake and Klamath Counties.
Closures: The Fremont-Winema National Forest is closed to the public in the fire area. Map and full order available at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7609/.
Smoke: Heavy smoke expected July 14, 2021 with widespread impacts to communities and State Route 140 in Oregon between Chiloquin and Bly. Full report at: fires.airfire.org/outlooks/southcentraloregon.