PHOTOSThe Bootleg Fire burning in Southern Oregon grew by more than 20,000 acres, fire officials said Tuesday.
Officials reported the fire merged with the Log Fire, as anticipated.
The Bootleg Fire has burned 388,359 acres so far and is 30% contained. It was first reported on July 6, about 28 miles to the northeast of Klamath Falls. On Tuesday, winds will be from the southwest with a Red Flag Warning from 2 to 8 p.m. for gusty winds and low relative humidity, resulting in continued movement of the fire toward the east. For ten days in a row, extreme fire behavior in the afternoon and evening Monday forced firefighters to move to safety zones.
On Tuesday, firefighters will work to mitigate risks for by aggressively felling hazard trees.
Crews will continue to work on areas where the fire has slopped or spotted over Forest Roads 28 and 34.