Bootleg Wildfire

I Don’t Think I’ve Ever Seen So Many At The Same Time. Have You?

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Last year the state of Oregon experienced an unprecedented wildfire season in which whole towns were burned to the ground and many people were displaced due to evacuation orders. This wildfire season, at least so far, hasn’t been as that destructive, but is severe none the less.

NWCC Large Wildfire Map 8.9.21 | Image by NWCC

As of 8.9.21 the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC) lists 13 active large wildfires in the state of Oregon and 19 active large wildfires in the state of Washington. The following lists details concerning the wildfires in Oregon.

The Bean Creek fire: Located Bean Creek, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 138. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 8.5.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 3, Other structures threatened: 4 minor structures. Resources being used: Total Personnel 63, 2 crews, 0 helicopters, and 5 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Black Butte fire: Located 25 miles south of Unity, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 11,693. The fuel/terrain is brush and grass. It started on 8.3.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 1, Other structures threatened: 11. Resources being used: Total Personnel 428, 15 crews, 2 helicopters, and 11engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

Bootleg Wildfire
Bootleg Wildfire | Photo by opb.org

The Bootleg fire: Located 15 miles northwest of Beatty, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 413,765. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.6.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 2,066, 16 damaged and 161 destroyed, Other structures threatened: 15 damaged and 247 destroyed. Resources being used: Total Personnel 1,021, 21 crews, 7 helicopters, and 53 engines. The fire is 96% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Bruler fire: Located 9 miles south of Detroit, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 195. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.7.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 71, 1 crew, 1 helicopters, and 3 engines. The fire is 75% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Bull Complex fire: Located 12 miles north east of Detroit, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 510. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.3.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 127, 3 crews, 0 helicopters, and 6 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

Devil’s Knob Complex Wildfire | Photo by pennlive.com

The Devil’s Knob Complex fire: Located 30 miles southeast of Roseburg, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,361. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.3.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 85, Other structures threatened: 170 minor structures, 1 minor structure destroyed. Resources being used: Total Personnel 596, 17 crews, 0 helicopters, and 36 engines. The fire is 5% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Jack Fire fire: Located 20 miles east of Glide, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 23,310. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.6.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 131 single residences one destroyed, Other structures threatened: 41 non-residential commercial property and 71 other minor structures. Resources being used: Total Personnel 196, 4 crews, 1 helicopter, and 11 engines. The fire is 54% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Knoll fire: Located 7 miles northeast of McKenzie Bridge, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 59. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 8.5.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 4, Other structures threatened: 6 non-residential commercial properties and 6 other minor structures. Resources being used: Total Personnel 52, 2 crews, 0 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

Middle Fork Complex Wildfire | Photo by msn.com

The Middle Fork Complex fire: Located 9 miles north of Oakridge Oregon. The number of acres involved is 5,002. The fuel/terrain is timber. It started on 7.29.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 5, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 589, 15 crews, 5 helicopters, and 18 engines. The fire is 10% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Rough Patch fire: Located 26 miles southeast of Cottage Grove, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 3,902. The fuel/terrain is timber, litter/understory/brush. It started on 7.29.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0 Resources being used: Total Personnel 413, 7 crews, 4 helicopters, and 18 engines. The fire is 3% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

Skyline Ridge Complex Wildfire | Photo by newsbreak.com

The Skyline Ridge Complex fire: Located in the Upper Cow Creek drainage, Tiller area, Cavitt Creek drainage Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,818. The fuel/terrain is timber, grass and understory. It started on 8.1.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 100, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 1,075, 34 crews, 12 helicopters, and 32 engines. The fire is 14% contained. The lead agency listed is the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Walrus fire: Located 10.5 miles north of Bonanza, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 75. The fuel/terrain is timber, brush. It started on 8.5.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 0, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 65% contained. The lead agency listed is the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Yainax fire: Located 10 miles northeast of Bonanza, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 84. The fuel/terrain is timber, brush and grass. It started on 8.5.21 and the cause is human. Residences threatened: 10, Other structures threatened: 3. Resources being used: Total Personnel 0, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 50% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

With so much of the wildfire season left, another extreme heatwave in progress, and no serious rainfall expected in the hear future you should expect more wildfires to pop up especially with the threat of more dry thunderstorms. Be careful out there and don’t be one of the people who accidentally starts one of those fires listed as “human caused.”

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Wildfires Gone Wild.

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I really didn’t plan on writing about wildfires this week, but the increase in the number of fires in Oregon decided the issue for me. As of 7.8.21 there were four large wildfires in Oregon. The others listed on the map were in Washington.

Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NWCC) Large Wildfire Map 7.8.21 | Image by NWCC

The Bootleg fire: Located 15 miles north of Beatty, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 16,814. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.6.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 10, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 297, 8 crews, 2 helicopters, and 17 engines. The fire is 1% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Dixie Creek fire: Located 3 miles northwest of Prairie City, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 541 The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.3.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 6 Single Residences, 25 Multiple Residences, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 236, 8 crews, 1 helicopter, and 7engines. The fire is 75% contained. The lead agency listed is the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Jack Fire fire: Located 20 miles east of Glide, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,395. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.5.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 97 Single Residences, Other structures threatened: 39 nonresidential commercial properties and other minor structures 57. Resources being used: Total Personnel 327, 7 crews, 4 helicopters, and 27 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Lewis Rock fire: Located 4.5 miles south of Mitchell, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 440, The fuel/terrain is timber and grass. It started on 6.30.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 507, 19 crews, 6 helicopters, and 14 engines. The fire is 30% contained. The lead agency listed is the Oregon Department of Forestry.

NWCC Large Wildfire Map as of Sunday 7.11.21 | Image by NWCC

Now we update the large wildfires in Oregon as of 7.11.21 and you’ll notice that there are three large wildfires listed. The Bootleg and Jack Fire wildfires have grown exponentially since the first update on 7.8.21. The Dixie Creek wildfire is no longer listed as a large wildfire. The rest of the fires listed on the right side of the above graphic are in Washington State.

The Bootleg Wildfire | Photo by opb.org

The Bootleg fire: Located 15 miles north of Beatty, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 143,607. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.6.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 1,206, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 926, 19 crews, 10 helicopters, and 75 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Jack Fire fire: Located 20 miles east of Glide, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 10,937. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.5.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 131 Single Residences, Other structures threatened: 41 nonresidential commercial properties and other minor structures 71. Resources being used: Total Personnel 781, 21 crews, 4 helicopters, and 44 engines. The fire is 10% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Lewis Rock Wildfire | Photo by inciweb.nwcg.gov

The Lewis Rock fire: Located 4.5 miles south of Mitchell, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 368, The fuel/terrain is timber and grass. It started on 6.30.21 and the cause is lightning. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 385, 13 crews, 2 helicopters, and 14 engines. The fire is 80% contained. The lead agency listed is the Oregon Department of Forestry.

NWCC Large Wildfire Map 7.12.21 | Image by NWCC

Here is a final update before publication. It’s been only 24 hours since the last updated report and another wildfire (Grandview) has developed in that short period of time. The Lewis Rock fire has been 100% contained and removed from the list.

The Bootleg fire: Located 15 miles north of Beatty, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 153,535. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.6.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 1,926, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 1,027, 19 crews, 10 helicopters, and 109 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

The Grandview fire: Located 10 miles north east of Sisters, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 2,000. The fuel/terrain is grass and brush. It started on 7.11.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 0, Other structures threatened: 0. Resources being used: Total Personnel 0, 0 crews, 0 helicopters, and 0 engines. The fire is 0% contained. The lead agency listed is the Oregon Department of Forestry.

The Jack Fire fire: Located 20 miles east of Glide, Oregon. The number of acres involved is 12,533. The fuel/terrain is timber and brush. It started on 7.5.21 and the cause is under investigation. Residences threatened: 131 Single Residences, Other structures threatened: 41 nonresidential commercial properties and other minor structures 71. Resources being used: Total Personnel 809, 21 crews, 4 helicopters, and 44 engines. The fire is 10% contained. The lead agency listed is the USDA Forest Service.

With the continuing serious drought conditions we’re likely to see more devastating wildfires in Oregon until the rain season gets underway in the fall. That is assuming that the rain season actually starts when it is supposed to.

Let me know what you would like me to talk about or explain. You can comment below or email me at: [email protected].