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Bootleg fire approaches 300,000 acres

Courtesy photo | A single engine air tanker drops retardent to protect properties on the north side of the Bootleg fire Saturday, July 17, 2021.

The Bootleg fire was 22% contained and burned nearly 300,000 acres on the Fremont-Winema National Forest northeast of Klamath Falls on Sunday, according to a daily update provided by the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team. The fire started July 6 and the cause is under investigation.

Red flag weather conditions on Saturday contributed to northern fire growth over Sam’s Cabin Road and Forest Road 27, and eastern growth toward Forest Road 28.

Sunday crews focused on holding a dozer line on the eastern side and constructing contingency lines on the north and south sides of the fire to protect the towns of Paisley, Summer Lake and Silver Lake. More than 2,000 personnel have been called to the fire.

Firefighters patrolled for residual heat in the southwestern flank Sunday. The Incident Management Team advised homeowners returning after evacuations in the south and southwestern fire zones to exercise caution around potential hot spots and fire-weakened trees.

Current evacuation information for Klamath and Lake Counties is available at tinyurl.com/bootlegevac. The Fremont-Winema National Forest closure map is located at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7609/.

Strong southwest winds were expected Sunday. A full smoke impact report is available at fires.airfire.org/outlooks/southcentraloregon. For other fire information, call (541) 482-1331.