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Sheriff: Property owner charged after 'shots fired' near fire crews on Bootleg Fire

Areas both around and within the Bootleg Fire's perimeter have been reopened to residents in some cases, but are not open to the general public.

Posted: Jul 19, 2021 1:59 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2021 6:09 PM

BEATTY, Ore. — A property owner in eastern Klamath County was charged after allegedly shooting a gun near fire crews working on the Bootleg Fire, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded on Sunday to a call near the 31000-block of Godows Springs Road for reports that someone was shooting near the firefighters. The deputies, accompanied by Forest Service law enforcement officers and troopers from Oregon State Police, made contact with the property owner, who was ultimately charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing with a Firearm.

"Residents who have returned to previously evacuated areas should understand that fire crews and damage assessment teams will be in the area for many weeks and should exercise extreme caution with firearms," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "KCSO will continue regular patrols in the fire area to deter potential looting."

KCSO did not identity the property owner or provide any further insight into how the incident occurred.

Areas both around and within the Bootleg Fire's perimeter have been reopened to residents in some cases, but are not open to the general public. Property owners that have returned are asked to minimize their travel and stay away from where fire crews are still working on the active fire.

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