Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to the Bootleg Fire that broke out in Klamath County on Tuesday afternoon. The fire is estimated to be 3,000 acres in size and is located north of Sprague River where there are Level 1 and 2 evacuations in place. The Office of the State Fire Marshal Green Incident Management Team will be entering into unified command with a Pacific Northwest Interagency Team, and the Green Incident Management Team will be briefed tonight.
“Today I invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act to make more state resources available to the fire crews on the front lines in Klamath County at the Bootleg Fire, which has grown rapidly since yesterday,” Governor Brown said. "Southern Oregon is still recovering from last year's devastating wildfires, and I will do everything in my power to ensure resources are available to contain the Bootleg Fire, as well as others that are burning across the state. This is a reminder that Oregonians must continue to be firewise, fire safe, and to honor all burn bans."
In accordance with ORS 476.510-476.610, Governor Brown determined that a threat to life, safety, and property exist due to the fire, and the threat exceeds the firefighting capabilities of local firefighting personnel and equipment. The Governor's declaration cleared the way for the State Fire Marshal to mobilize firefighters and equipment to assist local resources battling the fire.
The Office of the State Marshal’s Green Incident Management Team has been mobilized. OSFM personnel responded with three taskforces, a Communications Unit, and a cache trailer loaded with incident support supplies, tools to enhance defensible space around structures, and other provisions firefighters need to inhabit a fire camp.
Additional updates for the incident may be accessed at:
• Oregon State Fire Marshal Facebook page
• InciWeb - Incident Information System: Bootleg Fire
• South Central Oregon Fire Management Facebook page