Bootleg Fire in Oregon Scorches 150,000 Acres as Heat Wave Continues

Bootleg Fire in Oregon Scorches 150,000 Acres as Heat Wave Continues

Disaster Alert
July 13, 2021

Source: The New York Times

Approximate impacted areas:

Oregon

– Beatty (Klamath County, 97621)
*Concentrated home damage reported in Sycan Estates area
– Bly (Klamath County, 97622)
– Chester Spring (Klamath County, 97621)

NOTE: This has NOT yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.

As the West continues to bake under torrid temperatures, an out-of-control wildfire burning across southwest Oregon has scorched more than 150,000 acres, threatening the power grid that connects Oregon and California and driving people from their homes.

The Bootleg fire continued to burn for its sixth day in a row on Monday. The intense blaze escalated on Saturday afternoon, leading firefighters to leave the scene and retreat back to safety because of an “immediate, life-threatening risk,” according to one update from fire officials.

Charles Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Medford, Ore., said the fire was especially worrying because Oregon’s fire season had only just begun.

“There’s concern because of how early this is starting, and how far it has grown within a relatively short amount of time,” he said.

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