BEATTY, Ore. — Overnight, the Bootleg Fire grew another 7,600 acres to encompass an area of 281,208 acres with 22% containment. Thanks to smoke clearing yesterday, aerial crews were able to increase containment into the double digits for the first time since the fire started 11 days ago.
The Bootleg Fire, however, is moving at a quick pace, providing new challenges to the 2,106 personnel working to stop the fire's advance into Lake County.
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“This fire is large and moving so fast, every day it progresses four to five miles,” said Incident Commander Joe Hassel. “One of the many challenges that our firefighters face every day is working in new country that can present new hazards all the time.”
The increase in containment is credited to the south and southwest firelines holding over the past few days. Because of that, evacuations in some portions of Klamath County were reduced.
In Lake County, the fire continues to move quickly into the area as new evacuation levels were issued and increased. Residents should consult the interactive evacuation map here.
Evacuation shelters are located at the following locations: Klamath County Fairgrounds, La Pine Middle School, and a shelter will be available later tonight at the Daly Middle School Auditorium, 220 South H Street.
Fires crews plan to hold an in-person community meeting on Saturday at 6:30 pm at the Paisley Community Center (705 Chewaucan Street, Paisley, OR 97636).
Incident commanders decided Monday to split the firefight into two zones to the north and south. The Oregon Department of Forestry's Incident Management Team 1 took control of the fire's southern zone. Pacific Northwest Team 10 remains in command of the northern zone, while a team from the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office will continue to focus on protecting homes and structures, with almost 2,000 considered threatened.