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Bootleg fire 98% contained

A sign on Klamath Tribes land is shown thanking firefighters working the Bootleg fire in this August photo. Inciweb photo.

With fire lines holding firm at what last month was the largest wildfire burning in the country, an advanced national incident command team is packing up at the Bootleg fire and has handed off the reins to a midlevel incident management team to take control of mopping up a blaze that burned more than 640 square miles of Oregon.

The Bootleg fire’s footprint is holding at 413,717 acres — 646.43 square miles — and is considered 98% contained, according to Inciweb updates as of Saturday morning. The fire destroyed 161 homes, according to earlier news reports.

At 6 a.m. Saturday, Pacific Northwest Team 2 — one of the country’s 16 national Type 1 incident command teams — handed off their command of the Bootleg fire to a midlevel Type 3 incident command team.

The new team of 253 personnel will focus on reducing fire activity within the perimeters despite, warm, dry and windy conditions. Fire officials don’t expect any further fire spread.

The Type 3 incident command team is also handling is also handling the nearby Walrus fire, which is estimated at 75 acres and 90% containment, and the Yainax fire estimated at 84 acres and 70% contained.

Here’s a roundup of other wildfires burning around the state:

Fox complex

The complex of fires that started Thursday afternoon and burning through portions of Klamath and Lake counties including the Patton Meadow and Willow Valley fires, is estimated at 7,000 acres combined with no containment, according to the fire’s Inciweb page updated Saturday afternoon.

Overnight, night crews and dozers focused their efforts on the north and south ends of the Patton Meadow fire burning on the Fremon-Winema National forest and private lands about 10 miles west of Lakeview.

The Oregon Department of Forestry’s Incident Management Team 3 and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Blue Team took command Saturday, and are setting up an incident command post at the Lake County Fairgrounds, and resources on order include four large Type 1 helicopters.

Skyline Ridge complex

The complex of wildfires burning in Douglas County east of Canyonville is estimated at 4,828 and 33% contained, according to the Inciweb page updated at 10:36 p.m. Friday.

On Friday, much of the more than 1,254 personnel working the fire focused their efforts on completing the installation of control lines all around the perimeter of the Poole Creek fire — which is the largest fire in the complex.

Because of the progress, a team of structural firefighters with the State Fire Marshal’s office are expected to go home Sunday, according to a Saturday morning update.

Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Team 1 commander Joe Hessel described the Poole Creek fire’s progress as “quite an accomplishment in just two weeks’ time.”

“Now, we shift from chasing and catching these fires to mopping up so they will be fully secured for the local fire district when we leave,” Hessel stated.

Of the 19 lightning caused wildfires in the complex, all are fully lined and 16 are 100% contained, according to the fire’s morning update. Holding crews are watching for fires beyond the lines and snuffing them out.