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Bootleg fire nearing 400,000 acres burned

The Bootleg fire had burned 388,359 acres on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, and was 30% contained as of Tuesday morning.

On Monday, The Bootleg fire merged with the Log fire, as was anticipated, and firefighters reported slight amounts of rain from thunderstorms in the area as they strengthened firelines in the northeast portion of the fire.

“Fighting this fire is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Rob Allen, incident commander for PNW Incident Management Team 2. “We’re in this for as long as it takes to safely confine this monster.”

A red flag warning was in place from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday as wind gusts from the southwest combined with low humidity to continue pushing the fire east.

Firefighters will cut down hazard trees and continue to work on areas where the fire has stopped or spotted over Forest Roads 28 and 34.

For the most up-to-date information on evacuations, go to tinyurl.com/bootlegevac.

Two Red Cross evacuation shelters are open 24/7, Thrive Church, at 235 S. Laguna St., in Klamath Falls, and Daly Middle School, 906 S. Third St., Lakeview.

A community meeting was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting will be on Facebook Live @BootlegFireInfo, and a recording of the meeting will be posted at www.facebook.com/bootlegfireinfo.