Welcome to Oregon’s Sit Rep on this Thursday, July 22, 2021, where many explosive wildfires are still burning. We are breaking down these incidents now individually.

May you all stay safe!

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Heroic Actions Recognized on the Bootleg Fire: 4-Star Recognition by the Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Daniel Hokanson.

May be an image of 2 people, military uniform and outdoors
Credit | Army National Guard of Nevada

Nevada Army Guard helicopter pilot Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kevin Keeler was awarded a challenge coin by Chief of the National Guard Bureau Gen. Daniel Hokanson, center, today in Oregon to recognize the pilot’s effort to locate a missing firefighter at the massive Bootleg Fire on Sunday.

Keeler located the firefighter and informed ground crews of the firefighter’s location; the firefighter is fine and already back on the front lines battling one of the nation’s largest active wildfires.

Keeler is a Lakota helicopter pilot with the 3/140th Security and Support Aviation Detachment based in Las Vegas.

Hokanson was the Oregon Guard’s adjutant general from 2013-2015. Military commanders often present challenge coins in recognition of special achievements or accomplishment.

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USFS | Fremont-Winema National Forest

Bootleg Fire

23 miles E of Chiloquin, 28 miles NE of Klamath Falls, 11 miles of the Town of Sprague River

The many faces behind those who work tirelessly hours, exert lots of energy and are in the best times of their lives (loving their current jobs). We wanted to showcase some of these men and women.

Mutual Aid Updates: These six Fremont firefighters deployed to the this ginormous fire in the Fremont-Winema National Forest on July 8th with CAL OES Strike Team 2870C, remain healthy and all equipment is operational. – Fremont FD (CA)

The Bootleg Fire is now 399,359 acres of mixed grass/shrub, timber with understory with litter fuel types. The scorched area is mostly densely populated of timber stands, dry meadows and shrub fields.

The LOG FIRE merged in with the BOOTLEG FIRE and is under one incident only, including stats.

Additionally, the containment status has increased to 38%.     These are the images shared from Engine 8231’s assignment thus far.   

Assigned to this incident, there are 2,268 acres with 49 crews, 199 engines and 20 copters. Fire command is under Joe Hessel, Lance Lightly and Rob Allen.

Incident Cooperators include the American Red Cross, BLM, S Central OR FMP, Fremont-Winema NF, Klamath County, Lake County, ODF, OR and WA National Guards, Civil Air Patrol, Fremont FD (CA), SW Polk Fire, local public health and Oregon Health Authority’s nine cases testing COVID positive cases among resources on the ground, which are now being quarantined from the rest of the crews.

“Protecting the health and safety of firefighting personnel and those in the local community is the highest priority.” -Public Health.

Nighttime shot of a smokey orange sky in the night with evergreen trees on the bottom.
Credit | USFS

Restrictions | TFR over fire is in effect, meaning “No drones in Fire Zones”.

Evacuations | Decreased for those in Lake County areas per the Sheriff’s Office.

Level 3 – GO NOW!

From 1 mile from Sprague River on the county line, east to Bear Flat, continuing to Dairy Point.

Level 2 – Be Set

From one mile south of the South Fork Sprague River, on the county line, south to Owen Butte, east to Quartz Valley Mountain, northeast to upper Coleman Rim.

Level 1 – Be Ready

From lower Coleman Rim north Highway 31, north to Owen Butte, east to Quartz Valley to the FS 28 Road.

Evacuation Notices

Quartz Mountain area from the FS 34 Road near Mitchell Monument to Hwy 140 east.

Public Information | Fire Information Public Phone – 541-482-1331.

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