UPDATED 12:39 PM PT – Sunday, July 11, 2021
A task force from Northern Oregon has been deployed to assist with the Bootleg Fire that has grown nearly 77,000 acres. According to the State Marshal’s Incident Management Team, the crew joined the multi-agency task force on Saturday after the fire doubled in size.
The Bootleg Fire has continued to rage out of control, now threatening about 3,000 homes and vital electrical lines connected to the Oregon power grid. Firefighters have been working around the clock to improve containment lines and provide structure protection.
The Bootleg Fire will see the potential for extreme growth today. If you live in a level 2 evacuation zone, get set to leave at any time. If you live in a level 3 evacuation zone. Your life is in danger and you should go now. Always follow evacuation instructions from officials. pic.twitter.com/3QtlipiKi4
— NWS Medford (@NWSMedford) July 11, 2021
“This fire is burning extremely hot, it’s very, very dry and it’s end of September conditions right now and so we’re here in early July fighting a fire that would usually happen in September,” said Bryan Green, a firefighter on the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue team.
Fire authorities said the fire is moving unchecked across the western states as strong winds continue to push it northeast.