Bootleg Fire Update

Bootleg Fire Update, August 9, 2021
Location: 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, OR
Containment: 96%
Size: 413,765 acres (647 square miles)
Personnel: 1,021

Walrus Fire
Location: 10.5 miles N of Bonanza
Size: 75 acres
Containment: 65%

Yainax Fire
Location: 10 miles NE of Bonanza
Size: 84 acres
Containment: 50%

(Klamath Falls, OR) – A Virtual Public Meeting will be held tonight at 7:30 pm to update the public on the current status of the Bootleg, Walrus, and Yainax Fires. The meeting will not be live but will be recorded and posted to Facebook and Inciweb. Fire manager will answer questions from the public submitted in advance. This will be the final public meeting.

Firefighters continue to grid and mop up in the northeast corner of the Bootleg Fire near Silver Creek as they work toward achieving 100% containment. Control lines that have already been secured are being patrolled and firefighters are removing pumps and hose and other suppression supplies that are no longer needed. Some suppression repair activities are underway in the northeast corner of the fire.The women and men of the Oregon National Guard have completed their tour on the Bootleg Fire and are packing up today and preparing to head home tomorrow, many to get ready for immediate overseas deployments. The guardsmen and women played a crucial role in containing some critical areas of the fire, and we are thankful for their service.

Ground resources on the Walrus and Yainax Fires have completed constructing containment lines and installing hose lays around both fires and are well into the mop-up phase.Due to the lessening need for suppression aircraft on all three fires, the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) was lifted from the fire area last night.  Pilots should be aware that there will still be fire aircraft in the area and should exercise caution when flying near the fire. Forest closures remains in effect, please check with your local ranger district before entering national forest lands.

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

Red Cross Evacuation Shelters: For information or assistance: 1-800-Red-Cross (

Insurance Assistance: For additional information on submitting insurance claims after losing your home or property to a wildfire, please visit or call the state’s team of consumer advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free).