Bootleg Fire in Oregon Grows to Largest In Nation, Burning Over 200,000 Acres

A firefighting tanker drops retardant drop over the Grandview Fire near Sisters, Oregon, on July 11, 2021. / Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Forestry

The Bootleg Fire, raging in Oregon currently that started in Klamath County, is reported to be the largest burning fire currently in the nation. The fire, which started on July 6, has already burned more than 201,000 acres and has forced officials to place more than 100 homes under mandatory evacuation orders.

The fire as of now has destroyed 54 structures and 21 homes, as reported by KOIN. Fire officials report the fire will continue to spread in areas that have higher than average temperatures and will only be fueled by dry ground and high winds.

Governor Kate Brown has invoked an emergency order on Monday, which allows her to mobilize resources and firefighters from around Oregon to help fight the blaze. Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized the use of federal funds to pay costs for firefighters.

At this time, the Jack Fire in Douglas County and the Grandview Fire near Oregon’s Crooked River National Grassland are also happening. The Jack Fire has reporetedly grown to more than 12,500 acres and said to be 15% contained. The Grandview Fire has swelled to over 5,700 acres and is 5% contained.

A combination of two fires, known as the Beckwourth Complex fire in the Plumas National Forest, California, as of Tuesday night has burned more than 90,000 acres.