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JPR News Wildfire Tracker

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South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership
The Bootleg Fire photographed on July 5, 2021.

Get the latest information on wildfires in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

These are the fires we're currently tracking.


OREGON: BOOTLEG FIRE

Updated July 24, 11:00 a.m.

Where: The Bootleg Fire is currently burning on the Chiloquin Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest on Fuego Mountain approximately 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River.

Counties: Klamath and Lake

Size: 401,601 acres | Containment: 42%

Cause: Lightning / Natural

Latest Conditions: Yesterday, fire line construction progressed north from Long Creek toward Coyote Creek. The day shift was able to hold the fire line from the 400 Road to the south despite some active fire behavior that was pushing to the north and west.

Night shift was able to work the area between Long Creek and Coyote Creek and construct direct fire line with dozers, hand crews, and hose lays. Crews continue to clear roads as a contingency plan above Sycan Marsh.

Firefighters addressed spot fires on the northeastern flank and struggled to hold them. Burn out operations were performed from the 36 road to remove available unburned fuels to contain the spots. The burn out had favorable winds and good progress was made to protect the Summer Lake community.

Night crews worked to hold those areas and perform additional burn out operations. Crews and resources have been repositioned to bases near Summer Lake and Paisely. This move will put crews and equipment closer to the active areas of the fire.

The area around Summer Lake remains in Level 3 evacuation.

“This fire is resistant to stopping at dozer lines,” said Jim Hansen, a fire behavior analyst for Pacific Northwest Incident Management Team 2. “With the critically dry weather and fuels we are experiencing, firefighters are having to constantly re-evaluate their control lines and look for contingency options.”

On the southeastern corner of the fire, crews worked through the night to strengthen the existing containment line. Areas of heat near the fire line were mopped up, a couple of spots over the line were extinguished, and slop over the fire line continues to be worked by crews. Today, crews will continue to hold, secure and monitor the fire on its southeastern edge.

Firefighters are actively patrolling and mopping areas along the western portion of the fire. This step is necessary to ensure that all heat that could threaten the security of the fire line has been extinguished. Resources continue to be shifted to meet the needs across the fire area. Firefighters from this fire may be called to provide initial attack response to new fire starts that have the potential to rapidly grow, given the extremely dry fuel conditions.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect this afternoon for dry and unstable atmospheric conditions. Temperatures today will be warmer and smoke and haze from nearby fires will linger through the day. The smoke is expected to keep temperatures down a couple degrees today which may help overall fire activity. Unfortunately, this smoke may impede air operations on the fire.

Community Meeting:

Evacuation Orders: Evacuations are rapidly changing due to the nature of this wildfire. Please visit tinyurl.com/bootlegevac for an interactive map of evacuation level in Lake and Klamath Counties.

Evacuation Centers: Red Cross Evacuation Shelters: Open 24/7 New Site: Thrive Church - 235 South Laguna St. Klamath Falls, Oregon and Daly Middle School 906 S 3rd St. Lakeview, Oregon for information or assistance:
1-800-Red-Cross,

Damage, Casualties and Injuries: At least 67 homes are reported destroyed, as well as 100 other structures.

Closures: The Fremont-Winema National Forest is closed to the public in the fire area. Map and full order available at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7609/.

Smoke: Smoke: Smoke impacts will be high in areas north, northeast, and east of the fire, especially in the vicinity of Silver Lake, Summer
Lake, and Paisley. See: fires.airfire.org/outlooks/southcentraloregon.

Where to get more information:

Zone 1 Email: bootleg.fire.information@gmail.com
Zone 2 Email: 2021.bootleg@firenet.gov
Public Line:(541)482-1331
Media Line:(971)727-7255
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7609/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BootlegFireInfo
Twitter: twitter.com/BootlegFireInfo

Fire information boards, updated daily, are located at:
• Chiloquin Public Parking Lot
• Beatty Community Center
• Sprague River Community Center
• Bly Ranger District Office
• Bly: Breadwagon
• Klamath Falls: Klamath County Fairgrounds Red Cross Evacuation Center
• Klamath Falls: Crater Lake Junction Travel Center (KLA-MO-YA Casino)


CALIFORNIA: DIXIE FIRE

Updated July 24, 9:00 a.m.

Where: Feather River Canyon, above the Cresta Dam in Plumas and Lassen National Parks.

Counties: Butte and Plumas

Size: 181,289 Acres | Containment: 19%

Cause: Under investigation

Latest Conditions: Yesterday, the Dixie Fire saw extreme fire behavior and new evacuations. Today will continue to be hot and breezy with a relative humidity of less than 20% and similar fire behavior with the potential of two to three miles of growth. The Dixie Fire remains in Unified Command, but two teams oversee the fire: CAL FIRE Team 1 on the West Zone and California Interagency Incident Command Team 2 on the East Zone.

On the East Zone, the line was completed from Highway 70 to the penstocks at Bucks Lake, and crews will hold this line today. They will also be working on line from Bucks Lake to the north above Meadow Valley. Elsewhere on the East Zone, crews will be working at connecting line from Highway 70 north towards Lake Almanor and improving structure protection.

On the West Zone, the fire crossed the Humbug Road line and moved across the northwest lines. Firefighters will be scouting new line locations on the north and northwest sides of the fire.

Resources in the southern portion of the fire are patrolling and mopping up.

A new fire started yesterday afternoon in Butterfly Valley north of Keddie, and the cause is currently under investigation. The Fly Fire grew to over 1,600 acres and is being managed as part of the East Zone. It is the number one priority for the East Zone.

Evacuation Orders: View this map to see evacuation orders in Butte and Plumas Counties.

For evacuations in Tehama County, visit the Tehama County Sheriff's Office website.

Evacuation Centers:

  • A shelter is being opened at the Springs of Hope Church in Quincy at 59 Bell Lane.
  • An Evacuation Shelter is being opened at Memorial Hall at 180 Gay St, Chester, CA.
  • If there is no attendance the shelter may close, at which time you can call 283-6300 if you need shelter because of being evacuated.
  • If you need assistance with animals contact Plumas County Animal Services at 283-3673 or after hours 283-6300.
  • Large animals/livestock can also be accommodated.

Damage, Casualties and Injuries:

Road Closures:

  • Bucks Lake Rd from Riverdance west to Mountain House in Butte County.
  • Northbound and Southbound HWY 89 from HWY 26 to Route 147.
  • For current State Highway/Route information visit roads.dot.ca.gov.

Where to get more information:
Butte County Sheriff Website: www.buttecounty.net/sheriffcoroner
Butte County Sheriff Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bcsonews
Evacuation Map: https://tinyurl.com/4nm69873
Lassen County Sheriff Website: https://tinyurl.com/sy9frpx6
Lassen County Sheriff Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LassenSheriff
Plumas County Sheriff Website: https://plumascounty.us/587/Sheriff-Coroner
Plumas County Sheriff Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plumascountysheriff
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7690/


OREGON: JACK FIRE

Updated July 24, 9:00 a.m.

Where: North of State Hwy 138 and east of Forest Road 4713 (Jack Creek Road), in the Umpqua National Forest near Steamboat.

Counties: Douglas

Size: 19,956 acres | Containment: 56%

Cause: Under investigation

Latest Conditions: The fire is burning in timber, primarily the understory and leaf litter, and brush. North of Hwy 138, firefighters continue to successfully keep the fire perimeter within control lines. Mop up and patrolling of fire containment lines will resume.

South of Hwy 138, crews along the west flank will be monitoring fire behavior to ensure fire remains within the control lines and will conduct burning operations where necessary. On the southeast and east portion of the fire, crews will work with heavy equipment to prepare control lines for potential burning operations. Additionally, firefighters will resume scouting for alternate control lines along the southeast flank of the fire.

Evacuation Orders: The only evacuation levels currently in place related to the Jack Fire are Level 1 “Be Ready”.

A current and interactive evacuation map may be found at www.dcso.com/evacuations

Evacuation Centers: None

Damage, Casualties and Injuries: None reported

Road Closures: The Oregon Department of Transportation re-opened Hwy. 138 on July 16. Follow posted speed limits to keep the many on-the-ground crews safe if you are traveling in the area. Visit https://tripcheck.com/ for more information.

Please note that while Highway 138 is now open, the Umpqua National Forest closure orders remain in effect. The full closure order and map can be viewed on at www.fs.usda.gov/umpqua and on the Jack Fire Facebook page.

Where to get more information: