Bootleg Fire spreads 2 to 4 miles further east, growing to nearly 202,000 acres

20 miles east of Chiloquin, Oregon

9:51 a.m. PDT July 13, 2021

Bootleg Fire map
Bootleg Fire map. The white line was the perimeter at 10:39 p.m. PDT July 12. The red areas represent heat detected by a satellite at 4:06 a.m. PDT July 13, 2021.

On Monday the Bootleg Fire in Southern Oregon was driven by strong winds out of the west, northwest, and north gusting at 20 to 30 mph while the temperature at Beatty, Oregon reached 95 degrees with 7 percent relative humidity. This pushed the east side of the fire another 2 to 4 miles to the east, increasing the size to nearly 202,000 acres.

It is burning on the Fremont-Winema National Forest 4 miles north of Beatty and Highway 140, 27 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, and 20 miles east of Chiloquin.

(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Bootleg Fire, including the most recent, click HERE.)

The weather forecast for Beatty, Oregon on Tuesday calls for a high of 95 degrees and 5 mph winds out of the north and west. They will shift at sunset with speeds growing to 15 mph with gusts of 23 mph out of the northwest with a relative humidity of 10 percent. This is likely to lead to increasing fire activity throughout the day.

Wednesday afternoon the prediction is for 91 degrees, late afternoon 14 mph northwest winds gusting to 22 mph, and 12 percent RH.

Evacuation information can be found HERE.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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