Bootleg Fire July 19

Image of firefighters working to extinguish areas of heat on the southeastern corner of the Bootleg Fire on July 19. (InciWeb) 

KLAMATH COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – Crews continue to make gains in their fight against the largest wildfire in the country, the Bootleg Fire, which is now the 5th largest wildfire in Oregon history. 

The megafire has been burning in Klamath County for about two and a half weeks around the Fremont-Winema National Forest. As of Wednesday night, it had scorched 395,463 acres, growing about 1,000 acres over the course of the day.

The limited growth was a welcome development for firefighters since the Bootleg Fire exploded in size in its first days. As of Wednesday night, the fire was 38 percent contained and officials have determined that the cause of the fire was lightning.

On Thursday morning, officials reported containment was the same but the Bootleg Fire had grown overnight to 399,359 acres. 

In total, 2,359 personnel are assigned to fighting the Bootleg Fire. The fire area’s dry conditions have fueled its growth.

Some evacuation levels are in place in Klamath and Lake counties due to the fire. An evacuation map for the Bootleg Fire can be found here. Sign up for Lake County emergency alerts here and sign up for Klamath County emergency alerts here. Two Red Cross evacuation shelters are operating at all hours for those displaced by the fire. They are at the following locations: Thrive Church at 235 South Laguna Street in Klamath Falls and Daly Middle School at 906 South 3rd Street in Lakeview.

MORE: FOX 12's continuing wildfire coverage

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Just curious

No mention about the Tillamook Burn in 1933?

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