31.5 mi
NNE of Klamath Falls, OR
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
20 mins, 23 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 2:42 PM PDT
Dispatch Notes:
Fs-mazlast checked: 07/25/2021iqcs# 553989
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Fremont-Winema National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 5 hours, 3 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Bootleg Fire

The Bootleg Fire continues to burn actively on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, approximately 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River. On July 19th, the Log and Bootleg Fires merged into one fire. All acreages and statistics reflect the combined fire.

Smoke from the fire is highly visible from Oregon State Highway 140, Sprague River Highway, Chiloquin and the surrounding area. Drivers should expect increased traffic in the area from fire equipment and are asked to use caution driving in the area. There is an emergency closure in place to public access/entry due to hazards and hazardous conditions created as a result of the Bootleg Fire - details are on the closures page. Level 2 and 3 evacuations are in place. 

An interactive map showing evacuation areas and the fire perimeter from the overnight IR flight is available at https://kcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4bfb02b41eb7473ca95b04c3cbd1da21.
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Fire Information Public Phone: 541-482-1331
Fire Information Media Phone: 971-727-7255
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7609/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BootlegFireInfo
Twitter: twitter.com/BootlegFireInfo
Youtube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCPLoRDU4JyfLonJpgl3gGjg

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Lightning / Natural
Date of Origin:
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 1:42 PM PDT
15 miles NW of Beatty, Oregon
Incident Commander:
Joe Hessel /Ian Yocum / Rob Allen
42.616, -121.421

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Fuels Involved:
Fire area includes mixed grass/shrub, timber with understory, and timber with litter fuel types. The area is primarily composed of open to dense timber stands, interspersed by dry meadows and shrub fields, grazing has occurred in some areas. Needle draped shrubs and low crown base heights is common. Seasonal drying coupled with drought conditions have made all fuels available for active burning conditions. There is a heavy concentration of snags, downed logs with shrubs above 6500' elevation, notably in areas of beetle killed lodgepole.
Significant Events:
Reduction in general winds and shading of fuels from an inversion today has slightly reduced fire spread. Observed fire behavior includes aggressive surface spread through critically dry fuels, group torching, mid range spotting and probability of ignition near 100%. Spread direction will continue to be easterly with a southern nighttime movement on the northeastern portion of the fire. Successful fire suppression activities with the aided help of recent fire scars, forward progression has been limited in the southeast portions of the fire.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Patrol and mopup south and west edge of fire, construct direct line to the North, Northeast, and East, burnout green pockets along completed lines, scout and construct contingency lines, Assist structure protection.
Projected Incident Activity:
The fire will continue to be extremely active with increasing temperature, waning humidity recovery and extremely dry fuels. Significant acreage increase potential on the eastern and northern side of the fire. Rapid fire spread with high intensity fire behavior on unburned interior islands. Fire will continue to move East/Northeast. Firing operations are being conducted, when necessary, to provide control lines. Smoke column may be visible. Burning into the Watson burn will reduce spread rate.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Thick smoke from northern California fires kept high temperatures down several degrees in the mid to upper 80s. Despite the smoke cover, a Red Flag Warning was in effect for dry and unstable conditions over the fire area through 8 PM. Winds were light and terrain-driven from 5 to 8 mph. Overnight recoveries were poor to moderate in the 30-40% range as a very dry air mass moved into the area while daytime minimum RH values dropped into the lower teens. Temperatures will peak Sunday, but relative humidity will begin to increase. By Monday, expect cooler conditions, higher humidity and the potential for showers/thunderstorms as monsoonal moisture arrives from the south.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Bootleg Fire Information
Email: 2021.bootleg@firenet.gov
Phone: 541-482-1331
Hours: 7 AM - 8:30 PM
Fire Unit Information
Fremont-Winema National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1301 S. G St.
Lakeview, OR 97630

Dispatch Contact

Lakeview Interagency Dispatch Center | Lakeview, OR