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Bootleg fire at 3,000 acres with no containment

The Bootleg fire is estimated at 3,000 acres with no containment, according to a morning update from the South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership.

The fire, located on Fuego Mountain about 11 miles northeast of the Klamath County town of Sprague River, was reported Tuesday at around 1:45 p.m.

The fire is expected to continue to be extremely active through Saturday, according to Miles Bliss, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Medford.

“It is creating dusty and erratic winds, which are almost unpredictable and create hazards for firefighters,” Bliss said.

Like the Tenant and Lava fires burning in Siskiyou County, California, the Bootleg fire is creating pyrocumulonimbus clouds, which are similar to thunderstorms.

The Bootleg fire is burning on National Forest Service lands, and multiple structures are threatened. Two properties have been issued Level 2 “Get Set” evacuation notices and the Sycan Estates area in eastern Klamath County has been issued Level 1 “Get Ready” notices.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.