Bootleg Fire destroys 67 homes in Klamath Co., prompts 2,000 evacuations


The Bootleg Fire around 28 miles north of Klamath Falls has reportedly destroyed 67 homes and 117 outbuildings in Klamath Co. as of Friday morning.

More than 2,000 people have been evacuated across Klamath and Lake Counties.

Nine other homes and five other outbuildings have been left with damages in the county, according to Bootleg Fire Public Information Officer Holly Krake.

She said firefighters have not been able to reach all at-risk structures due to their proximity to the flames, and damages are still unknown in Lake County.

Roughly 5,072 structures remain threatened by the flames, which reached 241,497 acres and seven percent containment on Friday.

Around 1,921 fire personnel persisted through a tenth day of fighting the flames, which expanded in extreme fire conditions.

The collapse of a large cloud Thursday caused embers to spread further east of the fire, prompting evacuations in the Summer Lake and Spring Lake communities in Lake County.

Crews worked through the night to create dozer lines around spot fires from the 34 Road to the southeast edge of the fire, as winds pushed the fire back into itself.

Others worked against the main fire and spot fires on the northern perimeter.

Several crews protected homes in Paisley and Summer Lake in preparation for potential fire growth in that area, and others followed suit on the fire’s east side.

“The Bootleg Fire perimeter is more than 200 miles long- that’s an enormous amount of line to build and hold,” said Rob Allen, Incident Commander for the Pacific Northwest Area Incident Management Team 2.

“We are continuing to use every resource from dozers to air tankers to engage where it’s safe to do so especially with the hot, dry, windy conditions predicted to worsen into the weekend.”

Level 3 “Go Now” : County line on Hwy 140 east to Quartz Mt., following the FS RD 3660 to Corral Crk., north to FS Rd 34, to Deadhorse and Campbell Lakes, Bald Butte to north of Winter Rim, to Picture Rock Pass, east over Hager Mt, county line at Coffee Pot Spring.

Level 2 “Get Set” : From county line near Mitchell Monument south to Hwy 140, running along Hwy 140 east to Quartz Mountain and northeast to Dairy Creek CG, then north to Government Harvey Junction, north on FS 29 Rd to Hwy 31 again encompassing the west shore of Summer Lake and stopping two miles short of ODFW headquarters on Hwy 31, then west across Thompson Reservoir to the County line.

Level 1 “Be Ready” : West of Hwy 140.

A current evacuation map is shown below.

Evacuation shelters can be found at Klamath County Fairgrounds, La Pine Middle School, and a shelter will be available starting Friday night at the Daly Middle School Auditorium.

Visit for an interactive map of current evacuation levels.






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