On Thursday, U.S. senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden toured sections of the Bootleg Fire burn zone with a retinue of local fire officials, Forest Service personnel, and members of the Klamath Tribes who briefed them on the widespread damage, and on the effectiveness of local forest treatment practices.

The two senators came to Klamath County as part of a statewide tour focused on highlighting the need for infrastructure investment. Both spent time learning about the Bootleg Fire from local officials, information they plan to take to their colleagues in Washington, D.C., as they make the case for increased funding for wildfire mitigation efforts.