Ore. Bootleg Fire doubles in size since Friday

Megan Kruse (R) and Jason Barber (L) take a break after igniting a burnout in the Siskiyou National Forest August 4, 2002 in O’Brien, Oregon. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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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.

“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.

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