The Bootleg Fire grows to more than 140,000 acres, no containment

Evacuations remain in place.

Posted: Jul 11, 2021 9:10 AM
Updated: Jul 11, 2021 11:16 AM

CHILOQUIN, Ore. -- The  Bootleg fire has reached 143,607 acres with zero percent containment.

The amount of acreage burning equates to about 224 square miles.

The Bootleg Fire continues to burn actively on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, approximately 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River.

Level 3 (Go) – Leave immediately
--North of the town of Beatty. North end of Godawa Springs Road north of the rock quarry.
--Near the town of Sprague River. Upper Tableland area north of Oregon Pines Road.
--North of the town of Beatty. Expanded evacuation order in Sycan Estates area.

--Ivory Pines Rd evacuation 6.5 miles north of 140 extending east by 4 miles.

Level 2 (Get Set) - Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice
--North of the town of Beatty. The area north of Highway 140, on both sides of Godowa Springs Road, south of the rock quarry.
--North of the town of Sprague River. Klamath Forest Estates/Moccasin Hills area.

The Evacuation Center has been established at the Klamath County Fairgrounds (in Klamath Falls), South 6th Street entrance only.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, right now, 926 personnel are at the site as extreme, crowning, wind-driven runs, and spotting continues.

The fire will continue to be extremely active in unchecked portions of the perimeter, with unstable air conditions and extremely dry fuels and likely development of pyro-cumulus. Spread direction will be dictated primarily by topography and drought-stressed fuels. Continued persistent drought and dry conditions will encourage spotting.

Firefighters are working to establish anchor points and assess potential to construct control lines.

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.

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.

To sign up for Klamath County emergency alerts, visit http://alerts.klamathcounty.org.

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