At least four people have been arrested on suspicion of arson in incidents connected to the massive wildfires now blazing across the western United States, according to authorities in California, Oregon, and Washington.
A number of false reports surfaced this week, pinning several fires on “antifascist activists”—reports that, the FBI says, turned out to be untrue upon investigation by federal, state, and local authorities, despite a flood of reports.
Those rumors are believed to have stemmed from a tweet from the Portland, Oregon, police department warning protesters, who have been holding protests in the city every night for the past three months. The Portland PD warned demonstrators earlier this week that setting fires could lead to much larger, more destructive blazes.
“To those attending the demonstration tonight: Keep in mind the immediate risk the use of fire poses to community members. Since fire danger is very high right now due to high winds and the current dry climate, fire will spread quickly and could affect many lives,” the department noted on Tuesday.
“We’re not seeing any indications of a mass politically influenced arson campaign,” the Oregon Department of Forestry confirmed to The New York Times.
But several state authorities now say that at least four of the many fires that have destroyed millions of acres of forest in California, Oregon, and Washington, are suspicious, and they’ve arrested at least four people in connection to suspected incidents of arson.
Michael Jarrod Bakkela, a transient living in the Oregon woods, was arrested late this week “on two counts of arson, 15 counts of criminal mischief and 14 counts of reckless endangerment,” according to Oregon Live. Bakkela is allegedly responsible for setting one of two major wildfires in Oregon; the fires have now merged, killing at least 24 people, leaving hundreds homeless, and torching at least 5,700 acres of precious forest land.
Bakkela’s alleged fire is likely responsible for the deaths of at least two people, according to Oregon authorities.
The California Highway Patrol arrested a 37-year-old woman, Anita Esquivel, for intentionally starting several blazes along Highway 101, according to KION Los Angeles. Police do not yet have a motive for Esquivel’s alleged arson, but they do not believe she is connected to any Antifa-type organization.
The Washington State Patrol tweeted on Thursday that they nabbed two suspected firebugs setting small fires in dry grass at the intersection of two state highways
Although Puyallup, Washington, police and Washington State Troopers have yet to confirm that a third arrest in Washington state is connected to wildfires there, local news reports that the two organizations arrested an individual with the same name as a man who posted a Facebook Live earlier this week claiming to have started a “large brush fire” that shut down another state highway.
Fires in Oregon, Washington, and California continue to rage Saturday, though authorities in all three states say that better, cooler weather expected this weekend will aid in getting some of the blazes under control. Around half a million people have been displaced in Oregon, per CNN, and tens of thousands are evacuating in Washington and California.
“As of Thursday, more than 100 wildfires across 12 Western states burned more than 4.3 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center,” per CNN. “That’s nearly 7,000 square miles, or roughly the size of New Jersey.” Source: dailywire.com
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GAYE GALLOPS@gaye_gallops·GO GIRL GO! A woman in Oregon FOUND an ARSONIST on her property! HE HAD MATCHES! https://thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/not-climate-change-oregon-woman-catches-arsonist-property-matches-holds-gunpoint-police-arrive-video/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=PostTopSharingButtons&utm_campaign=websitesharingbuttons… via @gatewaypundit
She kept him on the ground AT GUNPOINT until POLICE came! MSM SILENT! DOESN’T fit Liberal GLOBAL WARMING and ANTI-GUN RHETORIC! BECAUSE IT IS TRUE!!
Were any of them named “Climate change”?
ASHLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Arson investigators have opened a probe into the suspicious origins of a deadly Oregon wildfire that began in the town of Ashland and destroyed hundreds of homes in nearby communities, Ashland’s police chief said on Thursday.
The remains of two victims have been found in ruins from the blaze, which erupted on Tuesday and roared through a third day in the midst of a spate of wildfires across Oregon, according to a spokesman for the state fire marshal.
More bodies are expected to be discovered as search teams comb through the wreckage of dwellings that were engulfed during a chaotic evacuation of populated areas along the path of the swiftly spreading flames, Ashland police chief Tighe O’Meara said.
“We tried to get people out as fast as we could,” O’Meara told Reuters by phone. “Chances are there are going to be bodies in some of those homes. The likelihood of much larger (fatality) numbers is significant.”
The blaze, dubbed the Almeda fire, originated Tuesday morning in Ashland, a city of some 21,000 residents in southern Oregon just 16 miles (26 km) from the California border that is home to Southern Oregon University and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The flames, driven by high winds, did relatively little damage to Ashland but quickly spread out of town and into neighboring communities along Bear Creek before roaring through the adjacent towns of Talent and Phoenix toward Medford, a city of 82,000 residents, O’Meara said.
He cited local news media estimates that roughly 600 homes were destroyed but added, “easily hundreds of homes were lost.”
Reuters video footage from the fire zone showed miles of burned-out vehicles, flame-scorched ruins of gutted buildings and twisted debris lining state highway Route 99 in between Ashland and Medford.
The area was off-limits to evacuees, but here and there individuals and couples were seen trudging along the roadway with arm loads of belongings they apparently had managed to salvage from the wreckage of their homes.
Police in Medford as well as in Douglas County to the north cautioned against rumors that left-wing anti-fascists and right-wing Proud Boy extremists were starting the fires.
Rich Tyler, a spokesman for the state fire marshal’s office, said separately that it was not immediately clear whether any of the fires raging across Oregon this week were deliberately set.
“Every fire is investigated for the possibility of arson so that we can either determine it is or rule it out,” he said.
O’Meara said investigators of the Almeda fire, led by detectives from his department, were treating the blaze as suspicious, but declined to give further details.
“We have good reason to believe that there was a human element to it,” he said. “We’re going to pursue it as a criminal investigation until we have reason to believe that it was otherwise.”
The Almeda fire was one of the most devastating of dozens of conflagrations that have burned through forests and communities across the western United States during the past few days, killing a total of at least nine people in northern California, Oregon and Washington state.
In addition to the two bodies found in the Almeda fire, Oregon’s death toll included a 12-year-old boy and his grandmother who were believed to have perished in a separate blaze near Lyons, about 250 miles to the north.
Some 500,000 Oregon residents – about a quarter of the state’s population – were under evacuation orders on Thursday, officials said.
The World Is In Big Trouble, for Those That Believe We Will Go Back to Some Sense of Normal Life Here on Earth, You Will Be Sadly Disappointed, Seven Years of Hell on Earth Which Began January 1, 2020
“Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed” (Isa. 59:14, NLT)…We Turned Our Backs On GOD, Now We Have Been Left To Our Own Devices, Enjoy…
While Mainstream Media Continues to Push a False Narrative, Big Tech Has Keep the Truth From Coming out by Shadow Banning Conservatives, Christians, and Like-Minded People, Those Death Attributed to the Coronavirus Is a Result of Those Mentioned, They Truly Are Evil…
Watchmen does not confuse truth with consensus The Watchmen does not confuse God’s word with the word of those in power…
In police-state fashion, Big Tech took the list of accused (including this site), declared all those named guilty and promptly shadow-banned, de-platformed or de-monetized us all without coming clean about how they engineered the crushing of dissent, Now more than ever big Tech has exposed there hand engaging in devious underhanded tactics to make the sinister look saintly, one of Satan’s greatest weapons happens to be deceit…
The accumulating death toll from Covid-19 can be seen minute-by-minute on cable news channels. But there’s another death toll few seem to care much about: the number of poverty-related deaths being set in motion by deliberately plunging millions of Americans into poverty and despair.
American health care, as we call it today, and for all its high-tech miracles, has evolved into one of the most atrocious rackets the world has ever seen. By racket, I mean an enterprise organized explicitly to make money dishonestly.
All the official reassurances won’t be worth a bucket of warm spit. The Globals are behind the CoronaVirus, It Is a Man-Made Bioweapon.
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