Police tie 5 different fires to arson

Taxpayers Association of Oregon

We have collected five different examples of outdoor arson that have occurred in the past few weeks across Oregon, Washington and California.

#1. Police arrested a man for arson over Sweet Creek Fires.  Lane County Police announcement.  Oregonian notes “A 44-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of arson in a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 acres and prompted evacuations west of Eugene, deputies say”

#2. Police in Washington arrested a man who was caught setting a brush fire. fire in the brush along SR-167.  Police were forced to close the northbound ramp on the highway.

#3. Ashland Police suspect arson for Almeda fire.  NY Times reports: “Three law enforcement agencies in Oregon, including the Ashland Police Department and the State Police, said they had opened an arson investigation for the Almeda Fire

#4. Arson arrest in Spokane, WA:  KHQ-TV 6 News is reporting that police have arrested a woman for multiple arson incidencies; “According to Spokane Police, Officer Mohondro arrived on scene he saw some grass and a pallet on fire outside of a commercial business… The same officer spotted another fire a few blocks away. SPD said the fire was next to an old oil drum under a tree which gave the fire the potential to explode into something much larger was very high.”

#5. Arson arrest in California fire:   San Fransisco Chronicle reports, “Ivan Geronimo Gomez, 31, of Fresno was arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail on Aug. 19 after state park rangers detained him near the fire’s origin point, the Sheriff’s Office said.Sheriff’s detectives arrested him on suspicion of five charges, including arson of forestland, setting his bail at $2 million. Jail records list illegal marijuana cultivation as another charge, along with throwing objects at a vehicle with intent to cause great bodily harm, battery and exhibiting a deadly weapon that wasn’t a gun.”

Beware of false arson claims: Police are actively dispelling many dangerous false rumors about political groups, both left and right, intentionally setting fires.   Please verify with a news source or original source before broadcasting any arson news in the middle of our wildfire crisis.  These social media hoax articles contain law enforcement logos but are not law enforcement. 911 dispatchers say they are overwhelmed with people calling about fake arson rumors and questions.

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