Bootleg Fire

Bootleg Fire Update, August 7, 2021

Location: 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, OR             Fireline total:  326 miles


Size: 413,765 acres (647 square miles)                                                      42 miles active fire edge, 284 miles of contained line

Personnel: 1,124                                                                      Containment: 87%

Walrus Fire                                                                               Yainax Fire

Location: 10 miles N of Bonanza                                           Location: 10 miles NE of Bonanza

Size: 288 acres                                                                          Size: 88 acres

Containment: 0%                                                                     Containment: 0%

Editor’s Note: Fire officials have decreased their original estimates for the Yainax and Walrus fires. Revised estimates show Yainax at 89 acres this morning and Walrus at 85 acres. A third fire in the vicinity of these two was named “Horton Fire” and was contained at 3.5 acres yesterday.

Currently, the PNW2 Incident Management Team is managing the Bootleg, Walrus and Yainax Fires. 

(Klamath Falls, OR) – Fire activity on the Bootleg Fire was minimal yesterday. Crews continued to monitor, patrol and mop up along the fire perimeter.  As containment increases, attention now has turned to repairing dozer lines constructed in the early stages of the fire, commonly referred to as “suppression repair”. Crews have begun work to return the fireline to a more natural state, repairing the impacts on the landscape caused by fighting fire during initial and extended attack. While interior burning and smoke is expected until some kind of season-ending rain or snow event, the fire size remains unchanged for the ninth consecutive day. “Everything we do on the fire matters as we continue to put finishing touches on this landscape and focus our attention in supporting initial attack,” said Rob Allen, Incident Commander for PNW2.

Fire managers sent resources from the Bootleg Fire to the Walrus Fire and the Yainax Fire to help local agencies with suppression activities. Fire crews used a combination of handline, retardant and dozer lines to slow fire progression. Crews were able to establish dozer line around both fires and will complete water hoselays around the perimeters today. Firefighters can expect gusty winds and interior torching today. Air resources will continue to support firefighters on the ground as needed.

Evacuations: Evacuations are dynamic. 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).

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Link: Bootleg Fire Map

Bootleg Map