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Jack Fire Now 56% Contained, Bootleg Fire Reaches 400k Acres

5:59 PM · Jul 23, 2021

Containment continues to increase on the Jack Fire and it is now 56% contained. The Bootleg Fire has reached 400k acres this morning and is now the 3rd biggest wildfire since 1900 in Oregon. There was also a holdover fire Thursday from the Archie Creek Fire. Here is the latest update from DFPA "***MP 29 Hwy 138E Holdover Fire Update*** Aviation and ground resources report that the holdover fire is about an acre in size. DFPA’s helicopter was able to cool the perimeter of the fire and was released for the evening. Several logs located within the interior of the fire are still smoking. The chance of additional fire spread is low at this time, however, DFPA will continue to monitor the area and will utilize appropriate suppression actions based on safety factors and the probability of fire spread." Jack Fire - 19,949 acres and 56% containment The fire is currently at 19,949 acres with 56 percent containment. The fire is burning in timber, primarily the understory, with leaf litter and brush. North of Hwy 138, firefighters will resume operations of patrolling and mop up. Crews may be falling any existing hazard trees (snags) along the control line for safety measures. South of Hwy 138, along the east flank, crews will continue to use mechanical equipment and handline crews to construct and improve control lines in the Twin Lakes area. On the southeast flank, burn operations will begin. In addition, fire crews will scout for alternate locations for line construction. Patrolling of the west side of the fire will continue to ensure fire stays within the fire containment lines. During burnout operations, smoke may be visible to the public. As requested by the Umatilla National Forest, resources from the Jack fire organization have been identified and will be made available to assist with any new potential fire starts. Structures: The Dry Creek area and Horseshoe Bend campground will be patrolled to maintain safety of these locations. Aviation: Air support today includes two Heavy Type 1 helicopters with buckets and one Heavy Type 1 helicopter with a tank along with one Light Type 3 helicopter. Air assets will provide support for ground resources, particularly within the Calf Creek area, to limit the spread of the fire. There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the Jack Wildfire to protect aircraft that are involved in the firefighting operation. All aircraft, including drones, are prohibited from flying in the restricted area unless they’re operated by an agency that is involved in the firefighting operation. Please do not fly a drone near the Jack Fire as it is a federal crime to interfere with firefighting aircraft. Safety: For the safety of all fire personnel, COVID protocol and mitigation measures will be implemented to stop and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Safety on Hwy 138: For the safety of firefighters and the public, please adhere to the speed limit and any posted speed limit changes along Hwy. 138. Closures: For your safety and the safety of others, the Umpqua National Forest closure orders remain in effect. The full closure order and map can be viewed at and on the Jack Fire Facebook page. Evacuations: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has made no changes to the evacuation levels. A current evacuation map can be found at Weather: Today’s weather will be slightly warmer and drier than the previous day. Maximum temperatures will be around the mid-80s with minimum relative humidity 22 percent. Afternoon winds will be out of the west northwest ranging from 5 to 8 mph with gusts up to 16 mph. Bootleg Fire - 400,389 acres 40% contained The Oregon State Fire Marshall Incident Management Team has transitioned to working with Zone 2 on the north and northeast sections of the fire. Yesterday, the fireline into Long Creek was improved with hose lay and overnight firefighters were able to begin constructing direct line between Long Creek and Coyote Creek. Crews continue to work on the contingency lines in the northern portion of the fire above Sycan Marsh. Fire activity picked up in the eastern portion of the fire and spotted over Forest Service Road 2901. Last night crews and equipment worked using natural barriers and changes in fuel to contain the spot and protect the Summer Lake community. Crews will work today to hold those areas and scout for additional spots. Due to the fire’s movement to the east, additional Level 3 evacuations were issued for a portion of Lake County, from the Paisley Airport to mile post 82, and from Picture Rock Pass to mile post 77, including the Ana Subdivision. This area is in addition to the previous Level 3 notification. “Our firefighters have put in an incredible amount of hard work on this fire,” said Joe Hessel, Incident Commander for the Oregon Department of Forestry Incident Management Team. “The fire continues to throw challenges at us, and we are going to continue to stay vigilant, work hard, and adapt.” On the southeastern portion of the fire, crews worked through the night. There were some half-acre slops across the fire line, jackpots of fuel, and unburned islands that actively burned through the night. Today, firefighters will continue to secure the fireline, hold, and improve the control features. Firefighters are actively patrolling and mopping areas along the southern 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. Winds are expected to shift over the fire area today from a westerly flow to winds from the north or northwest. While these winds will be light, any shift in weather is a heads up situation for firefighters. The Incident Command Post at Chiliquin High School is being dismantled today. 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 Incident Command Post will move to Klamath Falls and will be working out of the Klamath Community College. Evacuations:   Evacuations are dynamic. An interactive map of evacuation levels in Lake and Klamath Counties is available at 1st photo - SW corner of the Jack Fire 2nd photo - Firefighter throwing/unrolling a roll of firehose on the Bootleg Fire 3rd photo - Bootleg Fire at night


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