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Authorities Use DNA To Identify Victims Of McKinney Fire

The four people killed by the McKinney Fire have all been identified by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office. Rapid DNA technology and dental analysis was used for the positive identifications of the victims. They were all residents of the devastated community of Klamath River. The Forest Service had already announced the death of 73-year-old Kathleen Shoopman, a veteran fire lookout who spent nearly five decades watching for fires on the Klamath NationalFforest. The other three people killed by the fire were 79-year-old Charles Kays, 82-year-old Judith Kays and 76-year-old John Cogan.

After re-mapping, the size of the McKinney Fire is now believed to be slightly smaller, at 60,138 acres. All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted. Parts of Highway 96 are still subject to escorted traffic control as crews continue to eliminate dangerous trees and other roadside hazards. An emergency fire area closure is still in effect for Forest Service lands around the McKinney and Yeti Fires. Stage one fire restrictions are in effect for all Northstate federal lands.

The Callahan Fire off Kangaroo Creek Road east of Callahan started Saturday afternoon. It was contained to 6 acres as firefighters hit it hard with available resources released from the McKinney Fire.