The Bootleg Fire grew fast. Did forest management play a role?

Smoke from the Bootleg Fire as it burns near the Nature Conservancy’s Sycan Marsh Preserve.

Katie Sauerbrey/The Nature Conservancy (With Permission) /

Since it started on July 6, 2021, the Bootleg Fire has been characterized by its size and speed. Miles of forest land has burned each day. At over 400,000 acres, it’s Oregon’s third largest wildfire since 1900. In recent weeks firefighters have had to retreat multiple times as embers crossed containment lines and hot, dry and windy weather made fighting the fire impossible.

The footprint of the Bootleg Fire includes a history of commercial logging, thinning, clear cutting,

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