fb pixel

Log In


Reset Password

Four fatalities identified in McKinney Fire

The victims of the Northern California blaze were all from the Golden State and ranged in age from 73-82.
An undated picture of the McKinney Fire [Klamath National Forest Photo]

The names of four people killed in the McKinney Fire were identified publicly late Friday.

After next of kin was notified, the U.S. Forest Service-Klamath National Forest, CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit and Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Service released the names.

They are: John Cogan, age 76, of Klamath River, California; Charles Kays, age 79, of Klamath River, California; Judith Kays, age 82, of Klamath River, California; and Kathleen Shoopman, age 73, of Klamath River, California.

"The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims. If you are willing, please keep those affected by this fire in your prayers,” Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue said in a statement.

The news release also credited the Butte County Sheriff's Office and Duane Spencer for their assistance in DNA and dental analyses of the deceased.

The McKinney Fire, which began in Siskiyou County, California on July 29, is now 95% contained, according to the latest information available.Staff and wire reports

The names of four people killed in the McKinney Fire were identified publicly Saturday.

After next of kin was notified, the U.S. Forest Service-Klamath National Forest, CAL FIRE Siskiyou Unit and Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Service released the names.

They are all from Klamath River, Calif.: John Cogan, 76; Charles Kays, 79; Judith Kays, 82; and Kathleen Shoopman, 73.

The U.S. Forest Service previously had announced that Shoopman, a longtime employee, had died at her home when the McKinney Fire started on July 29 near the state line in Oregon. She worked for decades at lookout stations, scanning the landscape for wildfires.

Authorities had said two bodies were found inside a charred vehicle in the driveway of a home and the other two at separate residences.

"The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victims. If you are willing, please keep those affected by this fire in your prayers,” Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue said in a statement. Friday

The news release also credited the Butte County Sheriff's Office and Duane Spencer for their assistance in DNA and dental analyses of the deceased.

The McKinney Fire, which began in Siskiyou County, Calif., on July 29, is now 95% contained, according to the latest information available.