Exercising Treaty Rights in Bootleg Fire Closure Area of the Winema-Fremont National Forest
Dear Klamath Tribal Members,
The USFS has determined to close off large portions of Klamath Treaty Rights area due to extreme public safety risk associated with the Bootleg Fire. The Tribal Council has contacted those enforcing the closure and informed them to anticipate likely encounters with Klamath Tribal members exercising their Treaty Rights within the closure area, in areas where there is not an imminent safety risk. This communication has been made to ensure that our members will not be ticketed or harassed while exercising treaty rights.
If an encounter is made, please present your Tribal Identification to verify your Tribal identity and affirm that you are exercising your Treaty Rights. Please be aware that you may be prohibited access to some areas where there is significant safety risk due to the extreme, unpredictable fire behavior and fire suppression operations. If you believe that you been denied access inappropriately, even after presenting your Tribal I.D., please contact the Tribal Council at (541) 783-2219.
Above all, please be careful. While we all crave our time in our camps, fire danger is as extreme as it can be. Be aware of where any current or new fires are located. The USFS is rightly concerned that no one get trapped by a fire that can shift directions quickly with wind direction.
*See attached July 14th map(s) and Fremont-Winema National Forest Closure Notices.
Don Gentry, Chairman
The Klamath Tribes