BLY, Ore. — The Bootleg Fire has grown to 400,389 acres by Thursday morning's estimate. It’s nearly the size of Houston, Texas.
Firefighters have contained 40 percent of the perimeter, primarily along the lower border of the fire, north of the towns of Beatty and Bly. An upper eastern edge of the fire continues to advance.
Fire officials said that the Oregon State Fire Marshal's team has moved to the north and northeast sections of the fire to help with structural protection there. Fire crews on Thursday improved lines into Long Creek, and crews worked overnight to build direct line between Long Creek and Coyote Creek. Crews are still working on contingency lines on the north side of the fire above Sycan Marsh.
Fire activity picked up on the eastern side of the fire on Thursday, spotting over Forest Service Road 2901. Crews worked overnight to use natural barriers for containing the spot and protect the Summer Lake community.
“Our firefighters have put in an incredible amount of hard work on this fire,” said Joe Hessel, Incident Commander for the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team. “The fire continues to throw challenges at us, and we are going to continue to stay vigilant, work hard, and adapt.”
Crews worked through the night on the southeastern area of the fire to control small "slop-overs" across the line, with areas of fuel burning actively through the night. Firefighters continue to work on securing the line in this area.
Officials said that winds are expected to shift over the fire area on Friday, moving from the west to the north or northwest. While those winds are expected to be light, officials said that any shift in weather is a "heads-up situation" for crews.
Because of the fire’s movement to the east, additional Level 3 evacuations were issued for a portion of Lake County, from the Paisley Airport to mile post 82, and from Picture Rock Pass to mile post 77, including the Ana Subdivision:
Level 3 – GO NOW: The following area is now at Level 3. From the Paisley Airport to Mile Post 82, and from Picture Rock Pass to Mile Post 77, including the Ana Subdivision. This area is in addition to the previous Level 3 notification.
Level 2 – Be Set: Unchanged at this point
Level 1 – Be Ready: Unchanged at this point These evacuations extend and/or change the currently implemented levels. The most effective method for viewing current evacuation levels is by using the link to the interactive map below.
Evacuation maps are also posted in and shared with community gathering places throughout the fire evacuation areas by incident management team staff.
Evacuation shelters are located at the following locations: the Daly Middle School Auditorium (220 South H St.) in Lakeview, the Klamath County Fairgrounds in Klamath Falls, and La Pine Middle School. Fire Information. Find the latest fire information, which is published by the Bootleg Fire Incident Management Team, via the links below.
An interactive map showing evacuation areas and the fire perimeter from the overnight IR flight is available here.