Bootleg Fire Update: Massive Blaze Stirs Up Turbulent Weather System; Tornado Rips Through ForestlandAs the Bootleg Fire raced across the Oregon wilderness, the weather system it generated was so violent and turbulent that it churned to life a tornado that ripped massive trees out of the ground and left them piled like used matchsticks.
Bootleg Fire Update: COVID Outbreak Among Firefighters; 'Still Have A Long Road Ahead Of Us'There was a new challenge Thursday for the small army of firefighters battling the massive Bootleg Fire burning in a remote southern Oregon wilderness just north of the California border -- a COVID-19 outbreak among the crews.
UPDATE: 'Every Firefighter On Deck' Battling Bootleg and Other Oregon WildfiresAs infernos including the massive Bootleg Fire continue to rage across Oregon, officials say that the state will need “every firefighter on deck” this wildfire season.”
UPDATE: Wind-Whipped Flames Force Crews To Pull Back From Bootleg Fire Lines; 'Pretty Much Like A Hurricane'Winds gusting up to 30 mph whipped through the Bootleg Fire burn zone Monday, forcing firefighters to retreat to safety as they battled a massive blaze that has grown to more than 343,755 acres in the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
Bootleg Fire: Red Flag Warning Winds Add To Firefighters Woes; Renewed Threat To Vital California Power LinesAs if the weary army of more than 2,100 firefighters battling the Bootleg Fire didn't need any more challenges from Mother Nature, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the burn zone for Saturday afternoon with winds expected to be gusting 30 mph and humidity levels plunging into the single digits.
Bootleg Fire Update: Massive Cloud Of Embers Rains Down On Firefighters; Blaze Grows To More Than 241,400 AcresA massive pyrocumulus cloud towering over the Bootleg Fire sent an avalanche of hot embers and gusty winds raining down on the fire line, helping the blaze grow to 241,407 acres with just 7 percent containment early Friday morning.
Latest Flex Alert Issued by Cal ISO Goes Into Effect; Energy Conservation EncouragedA statewide Flex Alert issued by the California Independent System Operator (ISO) went into effect Monday afternoon as officials called for energy conservation.
Bootleg Fire Advances Toward Summer Lake; Disrupts Power Transmissions To California
Cal ISO Issues Flex Alert for Monday as Oregon Wildfire Threatens Transmission LinesThe California Independent System Operator has issued a Flex Alert for 4 to 9 p.m. Monday. Officials said the alert is needed due to the impact of the Bootleg Fire in Oregon on electric transmission lines.
Bootleg Fire Doubles In Size To More Than 143,600 Acres; Vital Grid Power Lines ThreatenedThe raging Bootleg Fire, fueled by tinder-dry forest land and gusty winds in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, exploded in size overnight to more than 146,000 acres near the California-Oregon border.
Raging Bootleg Fire Threatening Vital Northern California Power Grid Lines; Bay Area Crews Join FirefightWith soaring temperatures already pushing California's power grid to the limit, utility officials were keeping a weary eye on the Bootleg Fire that is raging out of control in Southern Oregon and threatening Path 66 -- a vital electric line corridor linking the state with the Oregon power grid.