Bootleg Fire Update, August 10, 2021 

Bootleg Fire Update, August 10, 2021 

Location: 28 miles northeast of Klamath Falls, OR               Containment: 98% 

Size: 413,765 acres (647 square miles)Personnel: 938                                                                            

Walrus Fire                                                                                    Yainax Fire           

Location: 10.5 miles N of Bonanza                                           Location: 10 miles NE of Bonanza 

Size: 75 acres                                                                                 Size: 84 acres 

Containment: 90%                                                                      Containment: 70% 

(Klamath Falls, OR) –  At noon yesterday Klamath and Lake Counties lifted all evacuations for the Bootleg, Walrus, and Yainax Fires. There are still fire personnel working on each of the fires and residents are asked to exercise caution when travelling near the fire areas. Forest closures remain in effect, please check with your local ranger district before entering national forest lands.  

The Red Cross is closing the evacuation shelters but will still be working with the public during the recovery efforts. 

Containment numbers continue to climb on each of the fires. The Bootleg Fire is now 98% contained and the majority of the fire is in patrol status. Firefighters continue to grid and mop up along the last piece of uncontained line in the northwest corner of the fire near Coyote Creek. Some critical suppression repair activities are underway on the northeast corner of the fire and along the southern perimeter.  

Firefighters made great progress yesterday mopping up the Walrus and Yainax Fires and expect to put those fires in patrol status at the end of shift today. 

A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team arrived yesterday to begin the work of assessing the fire area for erosion potential and determine if preventative measures are needed.  BAER teams are staffed by specially trained professionals: hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, vegetation specialists, archeologists, and others who rapidly evaluate the burned area and prescribe emergency stabilization treatments.

Closures:  An emergency closure order is in effect for the Bootleg Fire on the Fremont-Winema National Forest to protect public and firefighter safety. All travel or entry into the area is prohibited.  The full closure order and map are available on the website under Alerts and Closures at    

Red Cross Disaster Relief: For information or assistance: 1-800-Red-Cross (   

Insurance Assistance: For additional information on submitting insurance claims after losing your home or property to a wildfire, please visit or call the state’s team of consumer advocates at 888-877-4894 (toll-free).   

Fire Information Public Phone: 541-482-1331                                    Fire Information Media Phone: 971-727-7255                                         Facebook:   

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Bootleg Fire Public Information 


Public Line:(541)482-1331

Media Line:(971)727-7255