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Oregon wildfire roundup, July 18, 2021 – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon 2021-07-18 03:18:55 –

Portland, Oregon (KOIN) — Bootleg Fire is one of the largest fires in modern Oregon history.

The largest wildfire in the United States burning in southeastern Oregon has spread over 100 square miles more than New York City in windy conditions. Extremely dangerous wildfire weather is approaching throughout the weekend, and thunderstorm forecasts from California to Montana can create new flames.

This overview of wildfires in Oregon and southwestern Washington is listed in chronological order, starting with the latest fires.

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Elbow Creek Fire
Report on July 15
10,941 acres 10% containment

The Elbow Creek fire is burning in the Grande Ronde River drain near Mad Springs, about 31 miles southeast of Walla Walla, Washington. Fires are burning on both sides of the Grande Ronde River, threatening Umatilla National Forest land, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest land, Veil District Land Management Office land, and Oregon Forest Department protected land.

The fire burned with grass and timber, and the wind and high temperatures ignited the northeast. It continues to spread to the northeast.

At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown.

Info: Elbow Creek Fire
Wallowa County Evacuation Information

Game Hog Creek Fire
Rekindled on July 3rd and 13th
135 acres 0% containment

The Game Hog Creek Fire in Tillamook State Forest Park is burning about 22 miles northwest of Forest Grove. As of Saturday it is 135 acres. Forestry officials said the firefighters dug to control the Gamehog Creek fire, despite the steep terrain making these efforts difficult.

Colder air from the sea is expected to move inland over Friday’s fire, and it should also help firefighters.

Most of Tillamook State Forest Park remains open to visitors, with the exception of the Drift Creek and Idiot Creek Forest Roads and the Fear and Roaming Mountain Bike Trail. These have been closed due to a fire in the area.

Darleen Fire
Started on July 12, unknown cause
Contains 686 acres, 61%

The Darleen fire erupted late Monday afternoon. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the fire traveled about two miles southeast of La Pine, southeast between Finley Butte Road and State Highway 31.

Firefighters have been working to strengthen containment lines, clear fire lines, and protect threatened structures.

Darlene Fire Evacuation Information
Info: Darleen Fire

Lapine Middle School was a temporary shelter and the Lapine Rodeo Ground was opened to accept animals.

Bruler Fire
Started on July 12, unknown cause
156 acres
Estimated containment: July 24

Bruler Fire near Detroit began to burn on Monday and is estimated to be about 156 acres as of Friday night. According to the National Meteorological Service, GOES-West’s visible satellite imagery showed “a decent smoke pillar rising from a few miles south of Lake Detroit.”

Information about Bruler Fire

Currently, no community is under threat from fire. However, avoid Lake Daly, Lake Tule, Old Cascade Crest Trail, Forest Road 11 (Straight Creek Road / Quartzville Road), Forest Road 10, Forest Road 1161, 1133, 1012 south of Detroit Lake.

Grand View Fire
Started on July 11, unknown cause
6,013 acres 43% containment

The Grand View Fire in Deschutes County first broke out around 1:30 pm on July 11, burning land protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Crook River National Grassland.

The crew is strengthening and improving existing control lines. They are also working to wipe around structures and roads and move further inside the flames. Authorities said suppression tactics were effective in checking the spread of the fire.

Info: Grandview Fire
Deschutes County Evacuation Information

The governor declared the fire a major fire and provided additional resources to support containment efforts.

The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at Sisters Middle School.

Lyle Hill Fire
Started on July 11, unknown cause
135 acres, 90% containment

Wildfires in southwestern Washington are estimated to be about 135 acres and 90% contained as of Saturday night. At this time, all evacuation and obstacles have been removed.

Officials said the fire burned in extreme terrain with strong winds and gusts, threatening substations and some homes.

A firefighter was injured while fighting the Lyle Hill fire on Wednesday. Officials say poison ivy is also a problem for the fire brigade in the area.

Info: Lyle Hill Fire

Crew members look for hotspots throughout the weekend to monitor and patrol the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Bootleg Fire
Started on July 6, unknown cause
290,196 acres 22% containment

Launched in Klamath County on July 6, Bootleg Fire continues to burn in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, about 11 miles northeast of the town of Sprague River. Drivers have been warned to anticipate additional traffic and should be careful when driving on Highway 140, Spray River Highway, Tirokin and the surrounding area due to smoke.

However, the fire continued to burn rapidly and dangerously along its south and eastern flanks, and authorities expanded evacuation in most rural areas of lakes and wildlife sanctuaries.

The size of the fire was 453 square miles (1,173 square kilometers), more than 100 square miles larger than the area of ​​New York City.

“This fire is big, moving very fast and progresses 4-5 miles daily,” said incident commander Joe Hassel. “One of the many challenges our firefighters face every day is working in a new country that can always pose new dangers.”

It is unknown what caused this flame.

Evacuation efforts are changing rapidly, officials said.
The latest evacuation information is An interactive map of the lake and Klamath County.

Info: Bootleg Fire

Jackfire
Started on July 5, unknown cause
16,764 acres 35% containment

Jackfire in Douglas County is currently 100% land managed by the Forest Department.

Firefighters are working on control lines by using burnout tactics or by removing flammable substances. North of Highway 138, the crew continues to hold, secure, and clear lines along the western side near the steamboat and the eastern side above the dry creek. South of Highway 138, air-resourced firefighters established containment lines along the west and south perimeters of the fire.

At least four injuries have been reported as a result of this flame. A total of 827 employees are supporting firefighting activities.

Complete Jack Fire Evacuation Map
Latest Jackfire evacuation information

Jackfire was first reported around 5 pm on July 5th.

Area Umpqua National Forest ordered to close Until February 28, 2022, unless canceled early.

Info: Jackfire

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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