Klamath Falls, Ore. – According to Bootleg Fire officials, red flag weather conditions played a significant role in fire behavior on July 17th as the fire pushed over Sam’s Cabin Road and the 27 Road to the north.
The fire continues to be held from Preacher Flats to Mitchell Monument, and is pushing further east, approaching the 28 road.
Fire crews inserted a dozer line and burnout to minimize the fire growth overnight. One of today’s priorities is holding these areas to prevent further spread of the fire.
Crews are also working on constructing a direct fireline and building contingency lines north of the fire in the Sycan Marsh and along the 28 Road to the south.
These contingency lines could be used as the fire continues to move towards the communities of Paisley, Summer Lake, and Silver Lake.
Structure protection groups today will be focused on homes along the 34 and 28 roads.
Crews plan to work around Deadhorse Lake to begin preparation of advance of the fire. As work is completed, structural firefighters will continue their work further north on the southeastern corner of the fire.
Additional evacuation levels have been implemented in Lake County.
The southwestern flank of the fire continues to hold and firefighters remain in patrol status to scout for areas of remaining heat.
As evacuations relax along the south and southwest flanks and residents begin to return to their homes, fire official urge landowners to use caution when returning.
Firefighters have cleared many of the hazards, however there may be some lingering hot spots and fire weakened trees.
Residents might be able to see smoke as fuels continue to burn within the fire perimeter and urge people to cautious.
Evacuations are rapidly changing due to the nature of this wildfire.
An interactive evacuation map is available at tinyurl.com/bootlegevac for Lake and Klamath Counties.
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 impacts will continue to be high in areas north, northeast, and east of the fire today and tomorrow, especially near Silver Lake, Summer Lake, and Paisley.
Stronger SW winds today will help scour smoke earlier in the day around Lakeview, Klamath Falls and Sprague River Valley.
Full report at: fires.airfire.org/outlooks/southcentraloregon.
Fire Information Public Phone: 541-482-1331
Updates can also be found on the Bootleg Fire Info Facebook page and the Bootleg Fire Info Twitter.