A member of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) was sent to the Bootleg Fire in Southern Oregon.

Bootleg Fire

The Bootleg Fire in Southern Oregon is the largest wildfire in the nation at nearly 400,000 acres.

It is the largest fire in the nation at near 400,000 acres. Fire officials said the Bootleg Fire was cause by lightning.

Columbia County Sheriff Brian Pixley said the Lake County Sheriffs Office reached out to Oregon Sheriffs for assistance with the Bootleg Fire. CCSO answered the call and sent manpower to assist Lake County with incident command, resource coordination and evacuations, Pixley said.

Strategic Planning

Fire personnel and other agency staff hold a strategic planning session at the Bootleg Fire.

“CCSO is committed to lending assistance to other agencies in times of need," Pixley said in a Facebook post. "In this unified effort, together we can face the challenges in Lake County and help save lives.”

Pixley said the CCSO member acted as command level incident commander for the fire / patrol operations.

"He returned to Columbia County this last Tuesday." Pixley said. "We have not sent anyone back yet but are available to assist if and when needed."

Pixley said CCSO will assist other Sheriff's Offices who are facing wild fires as needed.

"In the past we have performed Incident Command related functions, assisted with law enforcement response in the affected areas, assisted with search and rescue and helped safely evacuate the communities," he said.

A team firefighters from Columbia County were sent earlier this month to help in the suppression of a wildfire near Sisters. That team has since been dispatched to an wildfire in Eastern Oregon.

Fire agencies in Columbia County and across the state continue to urge public awareness and safety due to the heightened wildfire dangers this summer.

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