Bootleg Fire in Oregon Expands to Almost 400,000 Acres
Updated 7/21/21: AccuWeather published a report offering the latest on the Bootleg Fire, which continues to aggressively expand across southern Oregon.
Approximate impacted areas:
– Beatty (Klamath County, 97621)
*Concentrated home damage reported in Sycan Estates area
– Blaisdell (Lake County, 97630)
– Bly (Klamath County, 97622)
– Chester Spring (Klamath County, 97621)
– Paisley (Lake County, 97636)
– Summer Lake (Lake County, 97640)
July 13, 2021
Source: The New York Times
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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