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Portland, Gresham and Corbett sent firefighters to help battle the Bootleg Fire on Saturday, July 10.

COURTESY PHOTO:  PF&R - Regional firefighting equipment sent to the help battle the Bootleg Fire in Southern Oregon.Firefighters from Multnomah County were dispatched to Southern Oregon to help battle the rapidly growing Bootleg Fire on Saturday, July 10.

The wildfire in Klamath County grew dramatically Saturday and by Sunday was burning nearly 144,000 acres total — qualifying it as a "megafire."

The Multnomah County Task Force was requested by the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office. It includes crews from Portland Fire & Rescue, the Gresham Fire Department and the Corbett Fire Department. Equipment includes two brush units from Portland and a water tender from Corbett.

"All fire departments have a dual responsibility during wildfire season. The primary mission is to provide local emergency response coverage as well an obligation under the state's emergency mobilization plan to help during wildfire conflagration," Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone said.

At least 3,000 structures in the small towns of Sprague River and Beatty are threatened by the fire. Fueling the fire is timber and dry-climate brush, but officials said the fuel has record low moisture content. As of Saturday, about 580 personnel were responding to the wildfire.

Preliminary evacuation notices have been issued throughout the region.

KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Pamplin Media Group and contributed to this story.


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